Denaturalizing time: On kris verdonck's performative installation end

Katia Arfara

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Originating from the avant-garde's attempt to supplant the structural limitations of perspective which 'bound the spectator to a single point of view', installation art emerged during the 1960s and the 1970s as a critique of the pure, self-referential work of art. Belgian artist Kris Verdonck integrates that modernist debate into his hybrid practice of performative installation. Trained in visual arts, architecture and theatre, Verdonck uses sophisticated technological devices in order to blur binary distinctions such as time-and space-art, inanimate and animate figures, and immateriality and materiality. This study focuses on End (Brussels 2008), which shows the possible final stages of a human society in ten scenes. I analyse End as an echo of the Futurists' performance tactics, which prefigured a broadening of the formal aesthetic boundaries of performance art under the major influence of Henri Bergson's theory of time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-56
Number of pages10
JournalTheatre Research International
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014

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1960s
Avant Garde
Animate
Materiality
Art Spaces
Artist
Aesthetics
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Henri Bergson
Tactics
Performance Art
Spectator
Futurist
Bruxelles
Referential
1970s
Works of Art
Immateriality

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Denaturalizing time : On kris verdonck's performative installation end. / Arfara, Katia.

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