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S:PAM invites international scholars on a regular basis. Four times a year, they present groundbreaking research in theatre studies, the performing arts, dance and media studies.

S:PAM Lecture #21 - Prof. Dr. Philip Auslander - The Fame: Performance Art and Celebrity Culture.

THALIA and the Doctoral School of Arts offer a lecture by Prof. Dr. Philip Auslander, renowned scholar in the field of media and performance studies. He will discuss performance art and its interconnection with the current surge of celebrity culture.
When
16-05-2018 from 19:00 to 21:00
Where
Plateaugebouw, Jozef-Plateauzaal (ingang: Plateaustraat 22, 9000 Gent)
Language
English
Organizer
S:PAM (Studies in Performing Arts & Media)
Contact
Jeroen.Coppens@UGent.be
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THALIA and the Doctoral School of Arts offer a lecture by Prof. Dr. Philip Auslander, renowned scholar in the field of media and performance studies. He will discuss performance art and its interconnection with the current surge of celebrity culture.

S:PAM Lecture #21: Prof. Dr. Philip Auslander - The Fame: Performance Art and Celebrity Culture.

Abstract

Philip Auslander will discuss performance art and its interconnection with the current surge of celebrity culture. Recent years have seen the incursion of the culture of celebrity into performance art, both in the sense that celebrities from other fields such as music and film are undertaking performance works, and in the sense that performance art has become a platform for the development of a celebrity identity, as in the case of Serbian artist Marina Abramović. In his lecture, professor Auslander will discuss the role of museums in promulgating celebrity and the antagonism toward them from art critics, as well as the structural similarities between the respective relationships between celebrities and their public, and performance artists and their audiences. These similarities can be organized around concepts of representation, originality and narrative, among others.

 

Biography

Professor Dr. Philip Auslander teaches at the school of Literature, Media and Communication Georgia Institute of Technology where he has been a professor since 1999. In the last decennia, he has published extensively in the field of performance studies,  including two of his most influential books Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music (2006) and Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture (2008). Currently he is preparing a new book that will be published in 2018 Reactivations: Essays on Performance and its Documentation.

 

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