Salon 1: opening debate


Bodies are increasingly finding their way into museums. Not only the walking bodies of the visitors, but also those of dancers and choreographers. Last summer The Tanks: Art in Action opened at Tate Modern in Londen. The MoMa in New York has already incorporated performance art into its main programme since 2008. An interesting development, with a number of underlying pitfalls. Is it possible for performance art to retain its critical, provocative stance in the major institutions? Do the museums and their visitors see in it anything more than a spectacle or a happening? How can one preserve the live event?

Dance critic Pieter T'Jonck talks about it with Jenny Schlenzka, associate curator Moma PS1 New York, and Ann Demeester, director of De Appel, arts centre in Amsterdam, and Catherine Wood, Curator of Contemporary Art / Performance at Tate Modern in London.