Bas Jan Ader, All my clothes, 1970 (via Bas Jan Ader at Villa delle Rose | e-flux)
Mark Wallinger, Royal Ascot, 1994
How do we relate to the world through images and objects? How is our vision of the past and the future affected, or transformed, by the contemporary information economy?
Version Control is a large-scale survey exhibition about the notion of appropriation and performance in the expanded field of contemporary artistic practice. Instead of an understanding of performance as a live activity or connected to an exploration of the artist’s body, the exhibition explores performance in a radical sense as a method of making the past present. Performativity, in this way, explores the conscious moment of staging, appropriating, archiving and re-visiting images and other forms of representation, touching on questions of historiography, mediation, subjectivity, and ownership. (via Arnolfini | Version Control)
To conclude our research in Berlin at ZK/U, Catherine Ryan and I are unveiling the Site Dedicated to the Active Effacement and Complete Disregard of History on 24 January. More information on our research blog: thefuturesofthepast.wordpress.com