[-empyre-] another forward from Maria

Renate Ferro rtf9 at cornell.edu
Fri Nov 9 14:22:55 EST 2007

We apologize to Maria.  For some unknown reason, the server is 
blocking her posts.  Here's what she's been trying to send since 
yesterday! R&T

 From Maria Miranda:

Every generation -since the 90s-  seems to need to re-do or re-visit 
the conceptual and performance artworks of the 60s and 70s. it's the 
mother lode.
Recently Eva and Marco Mentes, 
formerly, <http://0100101110101101.org/home/performances/performance-burden.html>0100101110101101.org 
have been doing 'synthetic' performances on Second Life -- so far 
they have re-enacted Joseph Beuy's 7000 Oaks, and Valie Export's Tapp 
and Tastkino and vito Acconci's Seedbed. the latest is Chris Burden's 
Shoot -- looking at the grainy photo of the original Shoot on their 
website took me back to Philip Auslander's essay, "The Performativity 
of Performance Documentation" where he asks "whether performance 
recreations based on documentation actually recreate the underlying 
performances or perform the documentation."

In our recent work, performative encounters in public places, we've 
been fascinated with just this sort of thing. and playing around with 
the role of the document to the artwork. In Searching for rue 
Simon-Crubellier, the act of asking directions was documented on 
video, but there was no 'performance' as such, just the documenting. 
It's a small difference, but it's the difference that makes the 
difference' as Bates said.

For the Mentes', the performances are not a homage --- "Eva and me, 
we hate performance art, we never quite got the point."
but a re-enactment "to understand what made it so un-interesting to 
us".. maybe you had to be there.  but it does raise the question of 
which one will be remembered. Chris Burden or Eva and Marco's 
synthetic performance?



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