Publication
Reenactment Strategies
in Contemporary Arts and Theory

Over and Over and Over Again

Reenactment Strategies in Contemporary Arts and Theory
Edited by Cristina Baldacci, Clio Nicastro, Arianna Sforzini
ICI Berlin Press, 2022

Unfold Nan Hoover
On the Importance of Actively Encouraging a Variable Understanding of Artworks for the Sake of their Preservation and Mediation

Vera sofia Mota, Fransien van der Putt

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Over and Over and Over Again. Reenactment Strategies in Contemporary Arts and Theory.
Edited by Cristina Baldacci, Clio Nicastro, Arianna Sforzini
Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2022


Over the last twenty years, reenactment has been appropriated by both contemporary artistic production and art-theoretical discourse, becoming a distinctive strategy to engage with history and memory. As a critical act of repetition, which is never neutral in reactualizing the past, it has established unconventional modes of historicization and narration. Collecting work by artists, scholars, curators, and museum administrators, the volume investigates reenactment's potential for a (re)activation of layered temporal experiences, and its value as an ongoing interpretative and political gesture performed in the present with an eye to the future. Its contributions discuss the mobilization of archives in the struggle for inclusiveness and cultural revisionism; the role of the body in the presentification and rehabilitation of past events and (impermanent) objects; the question of authenticity and originality in artistic practice, art history, as well as in museum collections and conservation practices.

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Unfold Nan Hoover
On the Importance of Actively Encouraging a Variable Understanding of Artworks for the Sake of their Preservation and Mediation

Vera Sofia Mota, Fransien van der Putt


To support the practice of preservation and mediation of video works in the LIMA Collection (Amsterdam), the authors explore the possibilities of reinterpretation as a rather common practice in the performing arts. As a choreographer and a dramaturge, they establish a correlation between reinterpretation and dramaturgy — as a way to deal with non-objective or transitory aspects of the works — and describe their method in relation to the video and performance artist Nan Hoover.

A publication by ICI Berlin Press, 2022.
https://press.ici-berlin.org/doi/10.37050/ci-21/index.html


Keywords: dramaturgy; preservation; reinterpretation; reenactment; mediation; choreography; non-objective; Nan Hoover; LIMA; video art; performance art; archive

© Vera Sofia Mota 2018