Ghosts. A conversation about “Field Works – Hotel” by Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki

Thursday, October 10th, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Dortmunder Kunstverein, Park der Partnerstädte 2, 44137 Dortmund
Organizer: Office, FAVORITEN 2014, Dortmunder Kunstverein

The work Field Work – Hotel by Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki (shown at the theatre festival FAVORITEN 2014, Dortmund) is characterized by a “ghostly” interaction between the visitors and a media-prepared hotel-room, which serves as an interface. In Artist Talk the artist-duo provided informations about their working methods at the interface between installation and performance. The theatre-scientist Dr. André Eiermann, who has a long working relationship with the two artists as a dramaturg, placed the project in a larger art-historical context and linked it with his theory of post-spectacular theatre – a theatre in which the relationship between actors and audience is understood as basically medial, even when no technical media are interposed. Another aspect of the discussion was devoted to the use of digital media in performance and theater-performances and attempted to explore what happens when tools of disciplining and surveillance are subversively used for artistic purposes.

With: André Eiermann, Heine Avdal & Yukiko Shinozaki

Short-biography: André Eiermann is a freelance-theatre-scholar. Prior to that he was a research-assistant at the Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University (Frankfurt am Main) until the end of 2012, where he also held the professorship for Theatre Studies from 2010 to 2011. He studied at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies at the Justus Liebig University (Giessen) and at the Theatre Studies Institute of the University of Bergen (Norway). He also completed his doctorate at the Giessen Institute and worked as a postdoc until mid-2012. His dissertation Postspectacular Theatre – The Alterity of Performance and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits was published in 2009. André Eiermann’s research interests lie in the field of contemporary scenic art and focus particularly on questions of performance-theory, the relationship of theatre to the other arts, intermedia art-forms, the structure of aesthetic experience, contextualisation and framing strategies and the historical change of dispositives in the context of art. In his current research-project, he focuses on the relevance of the concept of illusion for the description of contemporary art.

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The office was funded by the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Office hosted by: Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund.