Cataloging Performance Art

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A presentation on documenting performance art. It raises questions and proposes answers on how to create a system that can properly record an act of performance. It means relying on photographs, video, and artifacts, all new works of art in their own right. It requires careful navigation making sure not to have the document replace the performance as the work of art.

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  • Cataloging Performance Art

    1. 1. CatalogingPerformanceArt Alex Watkins Christina Manzella LIS 653.02
    2. 2. Challenges in CatalogingPerformance Art Exists in a gray area between Fine Art and Performing Arts By its nature is fleeting, and has no physical manifestation To capture and preserve Performance Art is to transform it into something other than Performance Art
    3. 3. Museum CatalogsMoMA
    4. 4. Family of Works Repeat Restaged Re-performance Adaptation by Original Performance: by New Artist: New Artist: Performance: Performance: Original Artist Minimal Changes to Major Changes to Original Artist in Original Artist Directs New Original Artist’s Original Artist’s New Location, etc. Performers Piece Piece
    5. 5. FRBR for Performance ArtWork Cut PieceExpression 1964 Performance 2003 Performance Tokyo ParisDependent Photographs Videos ArtifactsParts
    6. 6. Dependent Parts of Cut Piece Dependent Parts Artifacts DocumentationProps Products Photographs VideoScissors Clothing Scraps
    7. 7. Metadata for Performance ArtVRA Core 4.0 Useful Elements Non-applicable Elements •Agent •Inscription •Date •Material •Location •Edition •Measurements •Technique •Subject Elements designed for physical
    8. 8. Agent•Agent = artist•Use Union List of Artist’sNames (ULAN)•Repeatable: multipleartists or actors
    9. 9. Subject•Multiple types of subjects•Multiple vocabularies•Few fit performance art
    10. 10. ArchivingPerformanceArtPerformance Art by nature is anephemeral activityArchives are a record comprisedof material objectsIn Western culture, materialremains are proof of existence

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