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Mothers of Invention : where is performance coming from

Renate Bertlmann: Let`s dance together, 1979 • © De Appel Amsterdam • Photo: Oscar van Alphen  • Photo courtesy of MUMOK
Renate Bertlmann: Let`s dance together, 1979
© De Appel Amsterdam
Photo: Oscar van Alphen
Photo courtesy of MUMOK
Mothers of Invention : where is performance coming from
VIENNA  •  Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien Factory  •  Ongoing
Vienna-based artists Carola Dertnig and Stefanie Seibold have been invited to carry out a project in the Factory of the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MUMOK). The exhibition illustrates the development of performance art, its requisite art and activist spaces, and of (political) interest groups dealing with issues such as feminism, gays and lesbians, as well as free love and sexuality.

Places like the Rosa Lila Villa or the Dramatisches Zentrum in Vienna, Franklin Furnace in New York, or the Woman's Building in Los Angeles serve as activist spaces and centers of gender-focused discussions. They have made as substantial a contribution to the promotion of performance art as clubs and discotheques – traditionally the "test sites" of gender definitions – or experimental art and theater spaces.

The show is comprised of works by 35 Austrian and international artists and groups of artists. It includes, above all, documentary material such as films or photographs as well as emblematic works by individual artists. Particular attention is devoted to actions revolving around feminist, queer, or gender-bending issues which, for all their impact on the "scene", have been largely ignored by official art history. The project considers itself a "growing archive" – by relying on a kind of "snowball system", works have been co-selected based on additional input provided by artists, theorists, and other experts.

Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien Web Site

Contact: Tel: (43) 1 525 00

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