Colloquium 2021


1. Mapping the Field

May 29–30, 2021


00:00:00 Introduction Day 1

00:25:09 Keynote Pip Laurenson

01:15:13 Erin Brannigan and Louise Lawson

01:44:14 Rachel Mader and Siri Peyer

02:18:52 Musical Break

03:06:59 Hélia Marçal

03:36:02 Farris Wahbeh

04:06:40 Lizzie Gorfaine, Ana Janevski, Martha Joseph, and Kate Lewis

04:36:34 Musical Break

04:49:53 Keynote Gabriella Giannachi

05:41:58 Conclusion Day 1


00:00:00 Introduction Day 2

00:03:03 Keynote Barbara Büscher

00:47:38 Sooyoung Leam

01:16:41 Karolina Wilczyńska

01:48:09 Performance Interlude: Gisela Hochuli, “In Strange Hands”

01:58:55 Musical Break

02:44:38 Iona Goldie-Scot

03:15:07 Brian Castriota and Claire Walsh

03:44:50 Ana Ribeiro and Louise Lawson

04:14:28 Musical Break

04:27:54 Keynote Rebecca Schneider and Hanna Hölling

06:12:23 Performance Interlude: Frieder Butzmann & theallstarszoomensemble

06:28:10 Conclusion Day 2

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This event aimed at advancing the knowledge on this topic within the discipline of conservation on the one hand, while, on the other, locating the discourse of conservation within a broader field of the humanities disciplines concerned with the theories and practices of performance— performance studies, anthropology, art history, curatorial studies, heritage studies and museology. We contested the common-sense understanding of performance as a non-conservable form and ask questions concerning how, and to what extent, performance art and performance-based works can be conserved.

Keynote talks were presented by Rebecca Schneider (Brown University) , Pip Laurenson (Tate and Maastricht University), Gabriella Giannachi (University of Exeter), and Barbara Büscher (University of Music and Theatre Leipzig).

The colloquium featured two performance interludes by artists Frieder Butzmann and Gisela Hochuli.

This colloquium is a part of the ongoing research project Performance: Conservation, Materiality, Knowledge funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation at Bern University of the Arts. The project focuses on the questions of conservation of performance-based works, their temporal specifics, the involvement of the human and non-human body, the world of their extended trace history, memory, and archive. Explored are notions of care, the ideals of traditional conservation and their relations to tacit or explicit knowledge, skill and technique. Taking as a starting point the necessity for conservators to access and deepen this area of study, and unlike queries that situate these questions within other disciples, in this project, we approach performance as a necessarily conservable form.