Symposium: ARCHIVE DES EPHEMEREN – DENKEN, PRAKTIZIEREN, VERNETZEN – EINE DEBATTE ZUR ZUGÄNGLICHKEIT VON PERFORMANCEKUNST IN DER SCHWEIZ
Do/Th 18–20 h
Fr 10–20:30 h
Sa 10 – 16 h
Hodlerstrasse 8–12, 3000 Bern
English version below*
Die Zukunft von Performancekunst ist an die Zugänglichkeit von Dokumenten und Artefakten, ihre Archivierung und Geschichtsschreibung sowie an die aktive Praxis und Weiterentwicklung gebunden. Das von PANCH organisierte Symposium fragt vor allem aus einem künstlerisch motivierten Standpunkt heraus nach dem Stand der Dinge, wofür internationale Positionen in den Blick genommen werden.
Die im Formular angegebenen personenbezogenen Daten sind für die Informationsübermittlung des Symposiums «Archive des Ephemeren. Denken, Praktizieren, Vernetzen – eine Debatte zur Zukunft von Performancekunst in der Schweiz» (Kunstmuseum Bern) notwendig und werden auf Grundlage gesetzlicher Berechtigungen erhoben.
The future of performance art is interconnected with the question of the accessibility of performance art’s documents and artifacts, i.e., its archiving and historiography as well as its active practice and further development. Yet for many this very question of archiving and accessibility is still an open desideratum, which is why in recent years this topic has been widely discussed within the discourse field of performance art.
The symposium „Archives of the Ephemeral. Thinking, Practicing, Interconnecting – A Debate on the Accessibility of Performance Art in Switzerland“ organized by PANCH, the Performance Art Network Switzerland, asks, above all, about the current situation in Switzerland from the perspective of artistic practice, whereby specifically international as well as non-artistic positions, experiences, and approaches to solutions will be considered. Among other things, we would like to know how performance as a live event can be adequately archived and what the handling of documentary material (haptic archive) means for its transmission. How can „wild“ independent archives, which are often accumulated over a very long period of time and bound to individual persons, be perpetuated? How can artists inscribe themselves and their performance art in archival contexts, and what does this mean not only for the survival of these works or their possibility to be remembered, but also for archives themselves? Which archive forms and formats contain which potentials to remain active, and what about the options for interconnecting or interlinking existing (performance) archives? Which ways of access are especially necessary for artists within institutional contexts in museums, collections, and archives, so that both the ephemeral (event) character is kept alive as well as transformative forms of historiography are possible?
Through the project „Archives of the Ephemeral“, PANCH is launching a dialogue to collect not only existing, but also new requirements of durable archiving as well as the concerns of representing and making performance art visible within and outside of institutional settings. The project then concentrates these various issues in a focused debate. The international symposium is part of this debate, inviting Swiss as well as international artists and cultural actors, theorists, and representatives of heritage and art institutions. Theoretical inputs enter into dialogue with a performance program that articulates the core issues of archiving from an artistic point of view and as an in situ form. Hereby the intention is to make the demanding balancing act between the theory and practice of archiving performance art comprehensible as and within artistic process. The (performance) archive is perceived as „wild“, „haptic“, and also „living“, and, at the same time, is perceivable as the „ephemeral“ element and motive of both the work of remembering and also of artistic practice. In other words, performance art takes an active role in the symposium and thereby also in the larger-scale debate.