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New Approaches to Documenting Performance in the Museum: Value, History, and Strategy

Acatia Finbow    Independent scholar    

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This chapter shows how over the past two decades the relationship between the museum and performance has undergone a radical shift with the acquisition of performance-based artworks into the collection, shifting the role of the museum from that of a repository to that of a vital participant in the activation of the work. This chapter reflects on the new value this turn affords to documentation, and on how it is being used to support the effective activation of performance-based artworks in the museum. It reflects particularly on Tate’s development of documentation practices that address these new institutional needs and on how these navigate both immediate and potential future value.

keywords: Value. Performance. Museum. Documentation. Conservation. Activation.

Language: en

Submitted: April 12, 2021   Published: Sept. 16, 2021  
permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-534-6/014

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