(Re)presentations: The Vienna Actionists in the Image Stream
What is the relation between performance and its entrance into mediation? Megan Hoetger explores this question in a talk about the works of the Vienna Actionists, a group of controversial artists operating in the lingering fascist political climate of Austria between the years 1962 and 1970. The four primary members of the Actionist group, Günter Brus, Otto Muehl, Hermann Nitsch and Rudolf Schwarzkogler, worked between live event and filmic documentation often collaborating with experimental filmmakers. Reconfiguring the material action through its coded image status, they pushed the conception of the body to its cultural and physical limits attempting to enact a cathartic and/or liberating experience through an aggressive foregrounding of polymorphic and pre-genital sexuality. Join us for a low-budget screening of some of the Actionists most memorably disturbing films and what should prove to be a lively discussion following the talk.
Megan Hoetger is currently working towards an MA in Art History at California State University, Long Beach where she received a BFA in Drawing and Painting and a BA in Art History in 2007. Her research focuses on the history of performance art and the problem of historicizing performance art. Hoetger has also worked as a curator of performance, organizing several exhibitions/events, including Unfiguring the Body in 2008 and Aggression Acoustics Meditation Movements, part I in 2009.