Alterating Conditions: Performing Performance Art


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Title: Alterating Conditions: Performing Performance Art
Edited by: Claudia Marion Stemberger
Prologue: David Koloane
Foreword: Lien Heidenreich-Seleme
Authors: Melissa Goba, Lien Heidenreich-Seleme, doung Anwar Jahangeer, Sharlene Khan, Nomusa Makhubu, Portia Malatjie, Nontobeko Ntombela, Fiona Siegenthaler, Rike Sitas, Claudia Marion Stemberger, Miranda Young-Jahangeer, Koulla Xinisteris
Published by Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, Johannesburg. 2012 / Vienna: ARTANDTHEORY.NET, Vienna.
Editing: Dave Westacott
Design: Christof Nardin / bueronardin
Format: Paperback, 108 pages
ISBN 978-3-200-02683-4

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Emerging from the curatorial project Alterating Conditions: Performing Performance Art in South Africa, which had happened at both the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios and GoetheonMain in Johannesburg, in early 2011, this book was published in 2012. It was edited by curator Claudia Marion Stemberger, and designed by Christof Nardin/ Bueronardin.

This publication illuminates the artists’ practices and statements by the participating South African cultural producers – Dineo Seshee Bopape, Tegan Bristow, Reshma Chhiba, Steven Cohen, Deadheat (Dorothee Kreutzfeldt & Bettina Malcomess), Hasan and Husain Essop, Gabrielle Goliath, Jessica Gregory & Zen Marie, Peter Van Heerden, Gerald Machona, Thando Mama, Nomusa Makhubu, Molemo Moiloa, Athi-Patra Ruga, Berni Searle, Lerato Shadi, Minnette Vári, Amy-Jo Windt, Nelisiwe Xaba & Mocke J van Veuren.

The exhibition catalogue begins with the prologue by David N. Koloane (Bag Factory Artists’ Studios), and the foreword by Lien Heidenreich-Seleme (Goethe-Institut Johannesburg). The book also features the in-depth essay “Becoming: The Art of Everyday performativity” by Sharlene Khan and a thorough introduction by the curator.

The section “Platform of Statements: Performance Art in South Africa” uniquely transcends the format of an exhibition and offers an account of performance and performativity, providing insights into artistic practices which have been so central to contemporary art production in South Africa. These authors include Melissa Goba, doung Anwar Jahangeer, Nomusa Makhubu, Portia Malatjie, Nontobeko Ntombela, Fiona Siegenthaler, Rike Sitas, Miranda Young-Jahangeer, and Koulla Xinisteris.