FRIDAY MAY 21 AND SATURDAY MAY 22, 2021
BECOMING THE WORK
Body Reification Practices in Exhibitions and Museums
Apparatus, Identification, Objectification, Subjectivation, Re-creation, Collection, Exhibition
The colloquium Becoming the Work: Body Reification Practices in Exhibitions and Museums focuses on this age-old fascination of imagining oneself as a work. The plays of re-creation and doubling, personification and display that unfold there are envisaged as a means to question in which way and to what end today’s practices relaunch those of the past and in which way the past, in turn, informs the present. The mirror, the reconstitution, the scene, the tableau vivant, the selfie and the mannequin apparatuses that are mobilized there form six overlapping colloquium sections. While they regularly and effectively capture the gestures and behaviours of identifying with the works as is suggested by the presentations of the researchers, artists and professionals gathered here, these six apparatuses prompt an open reflection on the function of the heterogeneous components in the practices of objectification and subjectivation. The contributions of the participants, of course, go beyond the sole avenue offered by a single apparatus, some call upon several or primarily engage in a reflection pertaining to ethical, philosophical or aesthetic, historical, social or disciplinary considerations. The distribution according to six apparatuses provides gateways between the presentations, while also foregrounding that which is comparable or distinctive in an identification process with the other. For it is indeed the apparatus that favours, or not, the re-creation types and that determines the relation of the subject to the object.
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