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Performing Image

Book launch and conversation

Join us for the launch of Performing Image by critic Isobel Harbison, published by MIT Press. In Performing Image, Harbison examines how artists have combined performance and moving image in their work since the 1960s. This convergence both anticipates and contextualises a much broader social turn to performing images since the advent of smart phones and the spread of online prosumerism. Artists have used various DIY modes of self-imaging and circulation from home video to social media to exaggerate, challenge or antagonise the impact of normative media imagery while also establishing alternative platforms for self-expression and self-representation. Harbison offers a history of the term ‘prosumer’ in step with close analyses of works by such artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Yvonne Rainer, Mark Leckey, Wu Tsang and Martine Syms.

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