Journal article

This is so contemporary? Mediums of exchange and conservation

Robert Lazarus Lane, Jessye Wdowin-McGregor

Studies in Conservation | Taylor & Francis | Published : 2016


What conservation strategies can be used for Tino Sehgal’s 2005 work This Is So Contemporary, and what are their relations to oral traditions? Sehgal’s art leaves no material traces, as the artist resists the use of photos and videos acting as a documentary surrogate for his work. This paper will explore how Sehgal’s non-written documentation strategies connect to the work of Yumutjin Wunungmurra, a contemporary artist and ceremonial leader from Northeast Arnhem Land, Australia. The connection will be tracked through the role of caretaker and custodian that features in the workflow of both artists. The paper asks whether the performance-based strategies discussed can support the notion of co..

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