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Liminal spaces and shifting realities in contemporary performing arts: body, politics, technologies

Project leader:
Aneta Stojnic (Institute for Fine Arts)

Cooperation partner:
Marina Grzinic (Institute for Fine Arts)

Funded by:
Scholarship Foundation of the Republic of Austria | Postdoc


Scholarship Foundation of the Republic of Austria | Postdoc
Aneta Stojnic, Institute for Fine Arts
Duration: 1.1.2015 – 30.10.2015

The focus of this project is on relation between the body, the politics and the technologies in post-conceptual and contemporary performance art practices. The intention is to examine the major reconfigurations introduced into the body politics by: the influence of new media technologies and historization of performance. Within the discursive framework of the post-conceptual art practices and theory, as well as the performance studies, the aim of this project is to examine the potentiality and the political possibilities of the liminal spaces crated by these reconfigurations.

The research will pay special attention to the question of embodiment in the era of performativity. Understood as manifestations and representations of the body and the corporeal, as socio-cultural, political, psychological, physiological and virtual entities, embodiment will be examined as a key  notion related to research in performance and performativity,  particularly in the feminist, gender and queer theories.

In collaboration with Prof. Dr Marina Grzinic the planned sequences will be a public lecture  and a series of readings and screenings as part of the workshop B3, on theory and  political art.

Short Biography:
Aneta Stojnic is theoretician, artist and curator born in Belgrade, (Yugoslavia). Her professional work is characterised by strong connection between theory and practice as well as interdisciplinary approach to art practices that affirm critical thinking. In 2014 she was a postdoctoral research-fellow at Ghent University, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy Research centre S:PAM (Studies in Performing Arts & Media). She obtained her PhD at University of Arts in Belgrade (Interdisciplinary Studies - Theory of Art and Media) defending a thesis: "Theory of Performance in Digital Art: Towards the New Political Performance". In 2013  she was a visiting PhD researcher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Aneta was Artist in residence in Tanzquartier Vienna in 2011, and writer in residence at KulturKontakt Austria in 2012. She authored a number of international publications on contemporary art and media, as well as various artistic and curatorial projects. She collaborated with institutions and organizations such as: Tanzquartier Wien, Open Systems (Vienna), Les Laboratoires d'Aubervillier (Paris), Quartier21 (MQ Vienna), Dansens Hus Stockholm, Odin Teatret (Denmark), BITEF Theatre (Belgrade), TkH Walking Theory (Belgrade), October Salon (Belgrade), Pančevo Biennal and many others.