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Session 1

Wednesday 14 December 2016, House 14

· live art,university,Mentor

Sesh 1 with Grace Surman - Notes

Prop vs. object - Materials, materiality

                           Installation

inhabit a place

durational space

(What constitutes a performance?) - do i need to be there for the space/objects to perform?

Performance possibilities - the absent body

expectations, to see a thing, for a thing to happen

Yvonne Rainer film with no-one in it

ENDLESS ACQUISITION OF OBJECTS

Tension around overconsumption

The political aspect of decluttering

Western guilt - over exploitation of sweat shop workers​

over being able to fulfil needs AND wants

The privileged poor, the choice to be poor

Complicit in the capitalist regime

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ETHICAL CONSUMPTION UNDER CAPITALISM

Please don’t feel bad for prioritizing your well being.

WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SEXUALISED BODY AND CAPITALISM?

Anxiety around body as a site for consumerism, for economic consumption

Investing in the body

#femaleprivilege - the option to "sell your body"

STRIPPER

SEX WORKER

COMMERCIAL DANCER

MODEL

My body is a site for consumption

My body is an art object

Initial ideas:

  • consumer guilt (buyer's regret) vs retail therapy
  • commercialised body (selling out my artistic integrity)
  • too much stuff - what kind of stuff is allowed? is ethical? is appropriate?
  • my body as a consumer good/service
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