Trace History of a Performance. The Transition by Siim-Tanel Annus (1987)
Text by Liis Kibuspuu, visiting PhD student at the University of Aberdeen, PhD student at The Institute of Art History and Visual Culture at the Estonian Academy of Arts.
On 22 February, Liis Kibuspuu will give a talk at the University of Aberdeen as part of the Film and Visual Culture Research Seminar series. The talk will take place at 12:00 in Meeting Room 3 of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.
On 5th of December 1987, an artist Siim-Tanel Annus held a performance in his home garden at Mooni Street in Tallinn. The performance has been named The Transition (Läbiminek) afterwards, and has become a canonical artwork in Estonia of the perestroika-era. This paper will reflect critically on the object of research of historical performance art, drawing from the single case. The central problem in the analysis is: What can we know about a performance-art event from the traces it has left behind, and what is our present relationship to the past artwork based upon? In doing so, the theory of history and the studies in performance art are positioned to reach toward one another, demonstrating their field of overlapping. The analysis of the performance by Annus will reveal the afterlife and highlight the returnings and transformations of an (art-)historical event.
All are welcome at this talk!