CHRISTOPHER BRADDOCK

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How has Performance influenced Visual Arts?, ‘featured lecture’ given at the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators Conference ANZAAE 2014.

This paper discusses the ways in which modes of performance have profoundly influenced contemporary visual arts with an emphasis on how performance art engages with sculpture and installation practices. Performance practices—and notions of ‘performativity’—privilege ideas of art as process and as operating within temporalities of unwitting participation and so on. This paradigm shift is driving much pedagogical and research thinking in art schools and art history departments around the world. This paper takes a close look at artists from New Zealand and Australia that engage with performative installation practices. These will include Darcell Apelu, Alicia Frankovich, Laresa Kosloff and Kelly McDowell.

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John L. Austin’s (1911–60) research on performative speech acts paved the way for an expansive blossoming of approaches to art and performance practices that privilege notions of art as process, as a language of persuasion, and as operating within temporalities of unwitting participation and so on. This paradigm shift is arguably driving much pedagogical and research thinking in art schools around the world. The Art and Performance Research Group acknowledges this wide framework of practice and theory that opens up current debates about the temporal aspects of art (including performance art), what constitutes an ‘event’ as well as diverse modes of spectatorship and participation.

Art and Performance Research Group

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