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Permanent Collection

Permanent Collection

PhD Candidate Manuel Pelmuş' doctoral project

Academic summary

For this artistic research project, I am particularly interested to explore how notions of liveness, movement, and performativity are invested in reimagining political, collective, and social forms of organisation. How they relate to reconfiguring the public sphere in the sense of forms of community, and to notions of memory and collective history. The conceptual framework for this artistic research project developed during the last years of my artistic practice (alone and in collaboration) working with performance and live works within the context of the visual art field. Through this hybrid framework, I was able to reflect on a range of artistic and political topics that have circulated recently in the field of art and are informed by what is generically called the new performative turn in the arts.
In this sense Permanent Collection will function as a trigger or a starting point addressing the current international debate on how this recent performative turn of dance and choreography in the arts is “invested in contesting late modernist formulations and structures, and how it reevaluates discourses of institutional critique, queer theory, postcolonial theory” (Ana Janewski & Cosmin Costinas), and relates them to un/writing of history, often by means of radical choreography.
My artistic aim is to put in motion different performative strategies using mainly the human body, in order to complicate and challenge established categories permeating the field of arts and society at large, such as preservation, originality, value production, ownership, collectivity, spectatorship, politics of history and politics of display.
I am particularly interested in (art) institutions as places where long term politics are enacted and played out, but also as devices that archive, classify, record and categorise artefacts and events, write history and reflect on society. I want to mobilise these conventions by means of presence and performativity with the aim of actualising and rethinking them anew.

I will produce three works during the three years of research. These works will built on each other and will be presented through formats and protocols specifically designed during the research period aiming at rethinking forms of spectatorship and attention, and the politics they produce.

Project facts

Project title Permanent Collection – simultaneous ongoing action
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Department Academy of Fine Art
  1. Manuel Pelmus: Workshop i koreografi (2022). Other presentation. More information

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