From Exhibition to Book: Marina Abramović Is Present. A public talk by Maria Antonyan and Valery Ledenev

Date

From 10 April 2020

Schedule

19:30–21:00
From Exhibition to Book: Marina Abramović Is Present. A public talk by Maria Antonyan and Valery LedenevFrom Exhibition to Book: Marina Abramović Is Present. A public talk by Maria Antonyan and Valery Ledenev

DESCRIPTION

The author of the first academic study on performance in Russian language will speak of trying to define performance as a genre and the importance of its reception by various audiences.

Maria Antonyan’s Retseptsia performansa: Marina Abramovich prisutsvuyet is the first Russian-language fundamental study to discuss performance as a genre of contemporary art and a cultural phenomenon in a broader cultural context. As the starting point for the discussion, Antonyan chose the exhibition Marina Abramović. The Artist Is Present that was shown at Garage in 2011, shortly after it premiered at MoMA in New York. A major review of Abramović’s seminal performances, the show brought up many questions regarding the nature of the genre and the possibility of repeating or conserving unique lived experiences of performance within museum practice.    

How can performance be defined today, when art in general is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary and the boundaries between genres are constantly reconsidered? Can we speak of “classical performance” and its canonical model? If performance is a lived experience that takes place here and now, what is the role of its reception by the audience—professional or broader—who also contribute to its understanding? Maria Antonyan will be discussing these and other questions with art critic at Garage Research Valery Ledenev.

ABOUT THE PARTICIPATIONS

Maria Antonyan is a cultural historian writing on performance, translator and lecturer at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) and British Higher School of Art and Design. She holds Specialist and a Doctoral Candidate’s degrees from MSU’s Department of Foreign Languages and Regional Studies and was Fulbright fellow; she has conducted research at Columbia University, the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and the research center of MoMA, New York. She has studied the personal archive of Marina Abramović and is the author of a number of academic articles, reports and lecture courses in Russian, English, and Spanish. She lives and works in Moscow.


Valery Ledenev is an art critic, head librarian at Garage Research, coordinator of the Single Copy project devoted to the artist’s book. He has written on contemporary art for ArtGuide Russia, ArtKhronika, Iskusstvoznanie, Kommersant Weekend, Moscow Art Magazine, Colta.ru, The Art Newspaper Russia, and published two books of poetry: Zapakh poligrafii (The Smell of Print, 2008) and Slashche Prisutstvia (Sweeter than Presence, 2019).

HOW TO TAKE PART

The Zoom discussion will be broadcast on YouTube.

Free admission with advance registration. 

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