Document Performance
Nov 19 - Dec 17, 2011


The exhibition Document Performance presents objects by artists Awst & Walther, Claudia Kapp and Benjamin Blanke, FORT, Gwenn Thomas / Joan Jonas, Hermann Nitsch, Johannes Paul Raether, Kazuko Miyamoto, Martin Kohout and Stuart Brisley.

A performance is an action in time. A document of said performance is a physical manifestation of a previous action encapsulated in various material forms. 

However, such objects are never merely just documenting their source performance, but are rather autonomous in and of themselves. While they refer back to the source they are neither the past performance itself nor its direct representation. Their temporal source is embedded in the permanent. This doubled relationship to time results in a contextual shift: From questions of What-has-been? and What-has-happened-since? to What-is-now? and, in some cases, to What-will-be?.

Document Performance investigates the autonomous life of the documents as they exist in the here and now. Their fragmented, though transitional relationship with the past, present and future fuels the viewer's imagination: What does each document mean? How is the source performance embedded in the object? How did the document come into existence? Who is the author? How has the object's context shifted? How has time transformed the document itself? What does the object mean to the viewer?

The objects featured in the exhibition follow no historical or contextual narrative. Each of them has been produced as a result, a consequence or a mindset of a performative action. Some documents on display are:

- The photograph by Gwenn Thomas of Joan Jonas during her performance Twilight in 1975. This photograph is identified by both artists as a collaborative work and asks about their individual identities, the nature of their collaboration and the photograph's authorship and existence in relation to the performance. 

- The film Being and Doing by Stuart Brisley (with Ken McMullen) features Brisley's performances in the context of a 50-minute documentation that investigates the origins of performance art, connecting it not to modernism but to ancient folk rituals in England and Europe.

- The object from Johannes Paul Raether's performance Nationalfahnen zu Schwefelrosen shows a small, burnt German flag. When burning such flags, Raether transformed each into a rose with a thorn. He combines one of the highest visually charged expressions of protest with the creation of a vernacular kitsch object. 

- The first vinyl recording of Hermann Nitsch from his 1972 performance Akustisches Abreaktionsspiel is displayed on a record player, although it is so rare and precious that it can no longer be played. The viewer is forced to imagine the performance solely by looking at the vinyl record and employing his/her knowledge of Nitsch's body of work.

- The printout of a diary of an anonymous participant in Claudia Kapp's and Benjamin Blanke's drug-withdrawal project Cold Turkey, presented at Kunstwerke in 2010, undermines almost all expectations of artistic practice, performance and document with one single piece of text.

- The fur umbrella by Kazuko Miyamoto has not been used as part of a performance yet. It has been produced by Miyamoto for an upcoming performance as part of her exhibition at Exile in the late spring of 2012.


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Benjamin Blanke & Claudia Kapp
Cold Turkey
First page of diary of anonymous participant in artists' initiated drug-withdrawal programme entitled Cold Turkey. The diary published daily by the participant on frieze.com
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Hermann Nitsch
Akustisches Abreaktionsspiel
First record and cover of the performance by Hermann Nitsch with original artwork, produced by Galerie Klewan, Vienna, Edition 97/100, 1972
Courtesy of Rumpsti Pumsti (Musik), Record-Shop & Gallery, Berlin
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Johannes Paul Raether
Schwefelrose
Burnt German Flag from Performance Nationalfahnen zu Schwefelrosen (2010) in custom-made Murano Glass Vase engraved at bottom, 62x10x10 cm, 2011
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Awst & Walther
Liquid Darkness
Modified performance photograph taken on mobile phone and sent to the artists via email by a guest to the Performance The Hole (2011). 32x44 cm each (framed), 2011
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Kazuko Miyamoto
Umbrella
Umbrella clad in found seal-fur made by the artist
for a future performance, 80x40x30 cm, 2011
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left: Kazuko Miyamoto: Manja and Kazuko in the loft on Christie Street
Unique photocopy of black and white photograph on brown paper, 30.5 x 25.4 cm, 1986
right: Gwenn Thomas / Joan Jonas: Twilight (1975)
Silver-gelatin print of collaborative performance documentation, 28x35 cm, 2005
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Stuart Brisley
Being and Doing
Film, B&W and colour, 58 minutes, 1984
(Filmstill: Performance by Sonja Knox: Temporary Unlinking,
N. Ireland, 1981)
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Martin Kohout
Stick Class A 006
Powdered lacquered aluminum, various other materials
25x2x2 cm, 2011
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Stuart Brisley
Seeing Red, 1995
Tempera and acrylic on paper
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Stuart Brisley
Louise Borgeois' Leg, 2002
Plaster, ironing board, wood
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Stuart Brisley
Residuary Study 2, 2005
Graphite on paper
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Stuart Brisley
Living structures, 1969
Performance
Camden Art Centre
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Stuart Brisley
Untitled, 1961
Assemblage
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Stuart Brisley
Bodyspace, Drawing and Context, 1978
Performance
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol
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Stuart Brisley
The Cenotaph Project, 1987 -1991
Installation (with Maya Balcioglu)
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Stuart Brisley
Bathwork, 1973
Installation
Bonn, Germany
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Stuart Brisley
Urbanscape in the Vicinityof the Burning man, 2008-2009
Graphite on paper
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Stuart Brisley
The Next Door (the missing subject)
unique vintage silver-gelatine print, 11.4x11.7cm
Ten days performance at PEER, London
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Stuart Brisley
Untitled, 1965
Mixed Media
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Stuart Brisley
Touching Glass, 1981
Installation/Performance
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Stuart Brisley
Members of the IRA in Dirty Disguises, 1994-1996
Tempera and acrylic on paper
Bristish Museum Collection
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Stuart Brisley
Cut, 2009
Video
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Stuart Brisley
Sweating the Hole, 1997-1999
Performance/Video
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Stuart Brisley
Untitled, 1960
Mixed media on board
Tate Collection
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Al Baltrop
Untitled
unique vintage silver-gelatine print, 11.4x11.7cm
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Al Baltrop
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Al Baltrop
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Al Baltrop
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Al Baltrop
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