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Precarious Movements: Conversations

Tuesday 20, 27 October & 3 November, 8pm

Click on the sessions below to register for your zoom link to this live online event:

Session 1. Points of Tension: Presenting Work Within the Museum Space

Auslan interpretation and closed captioning available

The issue was never whether dance belongs in the museum or gallery, but rather what we do with dance—and how we treat dancers—once it’s there …

- Catherine Damman, ‘Presence at the Creation’, Artforum International, vol. 57, September 2018.

Precarious Movements: Conversations is a three-part program of live talks with artists, curators and conservators that reflects on what happens when works of a choreographic nature enter into the museum. Each session focuses on a particular phase of a work’s museum life cycle: how its presentation challenges existing display systems and program infrastructure; how its ephemerality and mutability confront current collection and acquisition frameworks; and how a choreographic work’s particular relationship to body, memory and social networks might shift institutional practices of archiving and preservation.

Co-presented by MUMA and the Precarious Movements: Choreography and the Museum research group, this program reflects on the various types of knowledge transmission that occur at each stage of interaction between artist and museum, and how choreographic practices themselves might change the structural and material form of the museum. It advocates for the centrality of the artist’s voice and the capability of the museum to listen.

Image: Lee Mingwei, Our Labyrinth, 2015, performance. Installation view, 11th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Power Station of Art, 12 November 2016 – 2 March 2017. © Jay Yuan

Precarious Movements: Conversations


Precarious Movements: Choreography and the Museum is a research project led by a group of independent artists, curators, conservators, and academics affiliated with UNSW, AGNSW, MUMA, NGV and Tate.