Dr. Barbara Clausen is Associate Professor for contemporary art and performance in the art history department at the University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM) and an independent curator. Since 2000 she has lectured and written extensively on the historiography and institutionalization of performance-based art practices and the parallel discourses surrounding the politics of the body and the archive, articulated through the site specificity of the exhibition. In 2010 Clausen received her PhD from the University of Vienna, Austria and has over the last ten years curated and collaborated on numerous exhibitions and performance series in Europe as well as North America, including After the Act The (Re)Presentation of Performance Art (2005) and Wieder und Wider / Again and Against: (2006) as well as thet exhibition and performance series Push and Pull I and II (2010-2011) at mumok (Museum of Modern Art Stiftung Ludwig), the Tanzquartier in Vienna as well as TATE Modern in London. In 2016 she curated the first Canadian exhibition of Joan Jonas’ work, entitled From Away and the event series Affinities at DHC / Art and Phi Centre in Montreal.
Since 2014 Clausen is the director of FRQSC funded research project An Annotated Bibliography in Realtime: Performance Art in Quebec and Canada (2014-2019) as well as her current research project Keeping it Live (2018 - 2022), funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada). She is the Curatorial Research Director of the Joan Jonas Knowledge Base, which is part of The Artists Archive Initiative at New York University (2017-2020) in collaboration Glenn Wharton (Museum Studies) and Denna Engel (Computer Science). She is a co-applicant member of Hexagram UQAM Network in Montreal, and, next to her research association with the ZeM in 2018/2019, a Visiting Research Fellow at TATE Britain and a Visiting Scholar at the programme for Museum Studies at NYU from 2018 - 2020.
Barbara Clausen’s research is dedicated to thinking about performance’s representational politics as a hybrid art form in the tension field of the live and the mediated. One of her main objectives is to study the political and cultural impact of live and performance based art practices in the visual arts as an increasingly fluid medial entity that oscillates between affect driven agency and conceptual site-specificity - asking how the ecologies and networks of artistic interests, curatorial choices, and institutional and ideological politics at play, are anchored in the reality and imaginary of the exhibition as a liminal site, fed by the desire for immediacy and authentic experience as much as driven by the instability of the archive and the projected accessibility of the infinite.
keywords that highlight my research interests
Contemporary Art and Performance, Curating, historiography, institutionalization of performance-based art practices, parallel discourses surrounding the politics of the body and the archive
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