EARN 2021 Conference

As part of the EARN 2021 conference the Aesthetics Group presented a new work titled ‘The Aesthetics of [dis]play’ on the 29th January 2021.

The presentation was a critical reflection on the recent drive to online exhibitions and the associated aesthetics of display and the politics of the presentable inherent in such online formats. In the current crisis (Covid-19 pandemic), which foregrounds the digital realm as the site of engagement with museum collections, the presentation analysed the crucial role of display in aesthetic experience. In comparison to the exhibition of the digital within the site of museum and works made specifically for delivery online, the fresh terms of access of the current crises have created a different register of ‘performance encounter’ and possibilities of interruption.

Re-perform: From A to Z and Back Again

The Aesthetics Group were invited to re-perform ‘From A to Z & Back Again’ on June 28th 2020 with the @ac.institute , in New York.

This performance took place on Zoom with a live audience and in the context of lockdown due to the Covid 19 pandemic. It provided a reflection on the idea of live performance within this context while continuing to consider the immaterial and the de-materialized nature of words and image delivered to an international audience online.

The performance is available to watch here