1st Edition

Practices of Relations in Task-Dance and the Event-Score A Critique of Performance

By Josefine Wikström Copyright 2021
    170 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    170 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In this study, Josefine Wikström challenges a concept of performance that makes no difference between art and non-art and argues for a new concept. This book confronts and criticises the way in which the dominating concept of performance has been used in art theory and performance and dance studies. Through an analysis of 1960s performance practices, Wikström focuses specifically on task-dance and event-score practices and provides an examination of the key philosophical concepts that are inseparable from such a concept of art and are necessary for the reconstruction of a critical concept of performance, such as "practice", "experience", "object", "abstraction" and "structure". This book will be of great interest to scholars, students and practitioners across dance, performance art, aesthetics and art theory.



    Introduction: From a cultural to a critical concept of performance

    • Performance, performativity and its disciples
    • Marx’s epistemology: A critical methodology
    • Post-mediality and a generic concept of performance
    • Task-Dance and the Event-Score: Epistemological Problems

    Chapter 1. Practice: Performance a practice of relations

      1. Practice and a metaphysics of practice in Aristotle
      2. From action painting to performance art
      3. From musical modernism to performance in general
      4. Marx’s relational practice: Smith, Hegel and Feuerbach
      5. Performance, a practice of relations

    Chapter 2. Experience: Art as experience or an art to experience?

    2.1. Dewey’s concept of experience: Unmediated interaction
    2.2. Art as experience: Ono and Forti
    2.3. Critical limits of Dewey’s experience: Kant versus Dewey

    Chapter 3. Object: Acts of negations of the medium-specific art object

    3.1. The minimalist and the de-materialised object

    3.2. From independent things to acts of the subject

    3.2. Dance and event as object: Kant

    3.3. Phenomenal objectivities in task-dance and event-score practices: Husserl

    Chapter 4. Abstraction: Task-dance’s abstract ontology

    4.1. Rainer’s No-Manifesto and other negations

    4.2. The social form of abstract labour: Marx

    4.3. The autonomous artwork in Adorno

    4.4. Division of labour, abstract time and the disciplined body.

    Chapter 5. Structure: The performative structure-object

    5.1. Structural objects in task-dance and in structuralism: Trisha Brown’ Accumulation

    5.2. The Performativity of the Cartesian I

    5.3. Labour in general, art in general, performance in general



    Index of names

    Subject index

    Index of works


    Josefine Wikström is Associate Professor of Dance Theory at Stockholm University of the Arts.