The Performative Gesture of Image and Text Juxtapositions

  • Eve Kalyva


Chapter 3 discusses speech act theory and the concept of the “performative” in relation to Keith Arnatt’s Art as an Act of Retraction (1971, London), Roelof Louw’s Tape-Recorder Project (6) (1971, London and New York) and the exhibitions Arte de Sistemas I (1971, Buenos Aires) and Arte e Ideología/CAYC al aire libre (1972, Buenos Aires) organised by the Centre of Art and Communication (CAYC). It specifies how images and texts operate in different physical and discursive contexts. It considers the use of photography and installation in staging an event and in inverting the mediation of reality, the effects of documentation, the role of the archive and institutional discourse, and the relation between art, violence and political mobilisation. This chapter also reflects on the binary distinction between conceptual art and conceptualism.


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