Documenting a performanceThesis & FMP
The image above is from E.A.T Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) was launched in 1967 by the engineers Billy Klüver and Fred Waldhauer and the artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman. The work was meant to be performative and temporal and at the end of the event, disappear and be destroyed. It’s a good example of how temporal projects are documented. At the Art Catalyst exhibit last year, a series of images and explanations of the projects were shown with video content. In this particular performance, from time to time the lights were turned out, coming back on to find dancers and platforms in different positions as they had continued performing in the darkness.
Yesterday, I had a tutorial with Eva and Nicolas about the concept for my FMP and the exhibition. These were the sketches I had before the tutorial for 2 exhibition ideas:
Even I was starting to feel like I was making this project too dense and complicated so I focused on this during the tutorial.
The main point that was helpful in the tutorial was Eva told me to look at how the temporality of theatre is usually dealt with. Being careful now to take away from the experimentation by overdoing the exhibition with embellishment and too much meaning.
So I looked at some ways where Aiweiwei and Marina Abromovic documented their performance work:
These images are sort of a timelapse capture of the performance.
I also looked at Wayne McGregor’s Autobiography site and how they’ve done the video to document and to promote the performance through video.