7 – 8 Feb 2012

Assign and Arrange

Methodologies of Presentation in Visual Art and Dance
In recent transdisciplinary discourses, contributors from visual art and dance have used terms like mise-en-scène, situation, setting, parcours and choreography in order to define artistic forms of presentation, as well as to specify the aesthetic experience made by the spectators. What these terms have in common is that they point to particular methodologies of assigning and arranging – to different ways by which spaces, objects, meanings and people are activated and related to each other. Therefore, to ask who or what assigns or is assigned in what way, who or what arranges or is arranged, is of critical importance in order to understand the interrelations and transgressions that have developed between the two fields since the 1960s.

Taking into account historical and current examples, and involving perspectives from art history, dance studies and architecture, this conference discusses methodologies of assigning and arranging in visual art and dance. Focussing on moments of transgression, it aims to explore similarities and differences in the respective practices, as well as in the theoretical concepts they correspond with.

No registration required.


Friday, 7 December 2012

14:30 Welcome and Introduction: Gabriele Brandstetter and Gregor Stemmrich

14:45 Liz Kotz (Riverside, California) Convergence of Music, Dance and Sculpture 1961

15:45-16:15 Coffee break

16:15 Nina Gülicher (Ludwigshafen) Movements and Energy: Modular Principles in Modern Exhibition Spaces

17:15 Ramsay Burt (Leicester) Geometric Order and Corporeal Imprecision: Trisha Brown’s Group Primary Accumulation (1973)

Different Venue:
19.30 Evening Performance: Andrea Bozic (NL) After Trio A
Venue: HAU2 at Hebbel am Ufer: Hallesches Ufer 32 in 10963 Berlin
Followed by a discussion.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

10.30 Adrian Heathfield (London): The Ghost Time of Transformation

11.30 Franziska Bork Petersen/Minnie Scott (Stockholm) The Unruly Spectator

Lunch break: 12:30-14:00

14.00 Christian Teckert (Vienna) The Mobilized Spectator: On the Architectural History of Museum Scripting and Staging.

15:00 Ina Blom (Oslo) The Autobiography of Video: Technical Arrangements

Coffee break: 16:00 -16:30

16:30 Dorothea von Hantelmann (Berlin) Economies of Attention: Regimes of Time in Contemporary Art Exhibitions

17:30 Ursula Frohne (Cologne) The Anamorphic Subject: Scenes and Situations of Mobile Spectatorship

19:00 Reception


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Gabriele Brandstetter
Gregor Stemmrich
Liz Kotz
Nina Gülicher
Ramsay Burt
Andrea Bozic
Adrian Heathfield
Franziska Bork Petersen
Minnie Scott
Christian Teckert
Ina Blom
Dorothea von Hantelmann
Ursula Frohne

Organized by

Gabriele Brandstetter
Gregor Stemmrich
Maren Butte
Kirsten Maar
Fiona McGovern
Marie-France Rafael
Jörn Schafaff
A cooperation of the research projects B6 Topographies of the Ephemeral. Choreography as Procedure and Operation (Brandstetter) and B8 The Interrelated Dynamics of Display and Situation within Aesthetic Reflection (Stemmrich) within the Collaborative Research Center 626 Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits at Free University, Berlin.

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