ARTS & SOCIETIES
 

LETTER OF SEMINAR 45

Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po

 
 
 

HARTUNG-BERGMAN FOUNDATION SEMINAR
JUNE 2011

THE ARTIST PUBLIC
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Hartung-Bergman Foundation

Julie Sissia

Wolf Vostell’s Theater Is in the Street:
Manifesto for an Artist Public?



Editorial Director: Laurence Bertrand Dorléac
Editorial Staff: Carole Gautier and Cécile Pichon-Bonin
Translator: David Ames Curtis

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EDITORIAL

 
   

      Following in the wake of the Dada movement, the saying “Art is life and life is art” was a leitmotiv in the 1950s and 1960s.  Wolf Vostell falls within the scope of this outlook with his Theater Is in the Street (1958), where he championed the active participation of the audience, which had hitherto been confined to its role of passive spectator.

    Julia Sissia—who is also preparing a thesis of post-1945 German art in France—inquires into the ways in which such audience participation could serve as a manifesto for the democratization of artistic practice and asks whether the goal of the documentation put together around this happening was to underscore its collective character in any other way than abstractly, or whether, instead, it was there just to forge and to stage the work itself.  In that case, the author would remain master of these premises, at least for the time of this first episode.


Laurence Bertrand Dorléac


       

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