Issue no. 110: “Performance Evaluation”

Issue no. 110: “Performance Evaluation”


Texte zur Kunst, issue 110: “Performance Evaluation.”

June 5, 2018
Issue no. 110: “Performance Evaluation”
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In the 18 years since Texte zur Kunst first turned its attention to the field of performance, a lot has happened, to say the least. Today, performance refers to almost any act, willing or forced, and is used by the institutions the world over whose aim is often to solicit performative acts from consumers, whether they are an audience at an art event or a user of social media. With performance today comes the inevitable system of evaluation—likes, ratings, grades, followers, etc.—a fact that has made separating performance as an art, and its popularity, from the overpowering influence of the culture of evaluation. For this issue of Texte zur Kunst, “Performance Evaluation,” we investigate the overlapping definitions of performance, following their ubiquity and uses in particular, in order to evaluate what performance means today, and what is we mean when we call something a “performance.”

Main section (in English and German):

Sabeth Buchman
Feed Back: Performance in the Evaluation Society

Stefen Mau & Uwe Vormbusch in Conversation

Alexandra Pirici
Performance as Conjuring

Stefan Hölscher
(Re) Evaluating Performance Since 1990


On the Future of the Volksbühne: Failure Is an Option

Andreas Gelhard
Notes on the Competence Society

Kerstin Cmelka, Andrea Rehberg, & Solvej Ovesen
In Conversation with Sabeth Buchmann & Kai van Eikels

New Development:
Amanda Schmitt on the Power of Allusion and Allegory

Reviews (partial listing):
Martin Müller on McKenzie Wark’s Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene (in German)
Hans-Christian Dany on Harald Szeemann in Los Angeles (in German)
Eva Díaz on The New Museum Triennial (in English)
Gregory H. Williams on “Inventur: Art in Germany, 1943-1955” (in English)
Verena Dengler on Damien Hirst (in German)
Kari Rittenbach on Ilya Lipkin at Svetlana, NY (in English)
Johannes Benke on James Benning in Berlin (in German)
Chris Reitz on Geta Brătescu at Hauser & Wirth, LA (in English)
Mikael Brkic on Judth Hopf at KW Berlin (in English)
Jessica Aimufua on Arthur Jafa at the Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin (in German)
Melanie Ohnemus on Julia Haller at Galerie Meyer Kainer, Wien (in German)
Mikael Brkic on Matias Faldbakken at the Astrup Fearnley (in English)
Carmin Gray on Kathrina Daschner at the Neue Galerie Graz (in English)

Kynaston McShine (1935-2018) in the words of Arnold Kemp (in English)
Linda Nochlin (1935-2018) in the words of Karin Gludovatz (in German)
Peter Gorsen (1933-2017) in the words of Kerstin Stakemeier & Manuela Ammer (in German)

Plus artists’ editions by:
Hans Haacke
Tauba Auerbach
Eliza Douglas

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