Set in Motion

Dance-Art-Community, Curators: Drorit Gur Arie and Avi Feldman 22.5.2014 - 6.9.2014
Set in Motion

 This book explores the roots of the growing surge of large museum exhibitions centered on, or involving, dancers and choreographers, in Israel and around the world. What are the characteristics and origins of this contemporary phenomenon addressing trends in Western dance and art since the 1960s? How does it reflect possible changes in the status and role of the art museum in the 21st century? What kind of reciprocity occurs between choreographic pieces preformed off stage, and works of visual art featured in proximity to a moving human body? Does the association between an art museum and dance, between visual art and choreography, equip us with tools to challenge and re-signify our concept of the museum space?
The museum of contemporary art finds itself at a crossroads these days. In view of recent technological developments, accelerated processes of globalization, the growing power of corporations and capital, frequent economic crises, political upheavals, and the decline of the welfare state, the museum must position and define itself anew in a society changing at unprecedented speed. The correspondence between these economic, social, and political changes, and the aforementioned artistic trend, expands the field; it enables the writers, whose essays have been collected here, to delve deeper into the intricate contexts highlighted by the current affinities between dance, art, community, and the museum.

Writers: Drorit Gur Arie, Avi Feldman, Stephanie Rosenthal, Nicola Trezzi, Omri Herzog