May 22, 2013 - Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art - Between Art and Academia lecture performance
May 22, 2013

Between Art and Academia lecture performance

Fay Nicolson, (In search of) The Perfect Lecture, 2010. Digital image from performance lecture, 25 minutes.
Photo: Fay Nicolson.

“Lecture Performance – Between Art and Academia”
June 7–9, 2013

Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art
Overgaden neden Vandet 17
DK-1414 København K

“Art-speech is the only truth. An artist is usually a damned liar, but his art, if it be art, will tell you the truth of his day. And that is all that matters. Away with eternal truth.”
DH Lawrence

Artistic research takes emblematic form in the lecture performance—a widespread phenomenon on the international art scene of recent years. The genre has its roots in the performance and conceptual art of the 1960s, and balances on the boundary between art and academia. As a hybrid of research, lecture, visual art and performative narrative techniques, the lecture performance as format addresses key questions of the status and potential of art in knowledge society, as well as the mechanisms of producing and framing knowledge.

In a three-day seminar, Overgaden focuses on the lecture performance as a unique discipline, exploring the genre’s characteristics, aesthetics and location at the intersection of artistic and academic discourse. The focal point of the seminar is a series of lecture performances by Danish and international artists, whose contributions span a wide range of expressive forms and fields of political, philosophical, popular cultural, legal and anthropological investigation.

The seminar also includes contextualising dialogues between and presentations by leading researchers and theorists in the field, addressing seminal aspects of the lecture performance from a range of perspectives. As well as an introduction to the historical development and characteristics of the genre, the seminar addresses the relationship and exchange between artistic and academic research, the dramaturgy of the lecture format, the subject on stage and language as medium.

For further information and the programme see:

Artists: Florian Feigl (DE), Doug Fishbone (US), Chiara Fumai (IT), Ulla Hvejsel (DK), Christina Marie Jespersen (DK), Fay Nicolson (UK), Olof Olsson (SE), Sibylle Peters (DE), Katrine Gjerding (DK) & Viktor Tjerneld (SE)

Speakers: Gavin Butt (UK), Christian Eiming (DK), Goldin+Senneby (SE), Lucia Rainer (IT/DE), Gertrud Sandqvist (SE), Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt (DK), Marianne Wagner (DE)

The seminar is organised by Overgaden’s curator Anna Holm, and is part of our First Floor programme of small-scale projects and longer events presenting aspects of contemporary art rarely granted a platform in more established, institutional contexts.

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