Thursday, June 10, 17:30 CEST
This conversation between artist and archivist Cori Olinghouse and art historian Megan Metcalf examines embodied conservation skills, which are essential for the preservation of performance and related mediums yet remain mostly invisible and under-theorized in visual art. The presentation begins from the premise that dance and other performance forms have inherent strategies for continuation that mitigate against their ephemerality. First the speakers lay out paradigms from dance and improvisation for originality, authorship, and continuity that are at odds with those of object conservation. This sets up an exploration of the care of live art at museums and beyond institutions through a “mutual interview” focused on each speaker’s experience with translating dance and performance works for the present and future. For more information, see our website.
Cori Olinghouse is an artist, archivist, and curator working with performance and time-based media. Her work has been shown at Abrons Art Center, BRIC Arts Media, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Danspace Project, Knockdown Center, Lincoln Center, Microscope Gallery, New York Live Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Movement Research. In 2017 she founded The Portal, an expanded artist project that cultivates archiving as a poetic and performative practice.
Megan Metcalf is an art and dance historian who brings a practitioner’s perspective to scholarly research, combining work in institutional and personal archives with a background in dance and choreography. She received her PhD in contemporary art history from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2018 and has held positions at institutions including ArtCenter College of Art and Design (Pasadena, CA), Otis College of Art and Design, the Getty Research Institute, and UCLA (all Los Angeles, CA). among others. She is currently at work on a book about the history of dance and performance in art museums.
This online event is hosted within the framework of the research project Performance: Conservation, Materiality, Knowledge funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF at the Bern University of the Arts.
Introduction by Hanna B. Hölling, in collaboration with SNSF Performance team members, Valerian Maly, Julia Pelta Feldman and Emilie Magnin. There will be a possibility to engage with the speakers in the Q&A.