More than Keywords with “In Terms of Performance”
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By Natalie Rios

Published by the Arts Research Center at University of California and The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, a new artistic online forum will be showcased at BAM this spring.

Titled “In Terms of Performance,” the goal of this exhibition is to create an anthology of online keywords to promote discovery and across artistic disciplines.

Launched in December of 2016, this collection of keywords, essays, and interviews was established to bridge the gap between the different genres of artistic mediums.

Users of the forum will be met with a list of 28 words featuring entries from over 50 different artists including Sabine Breitwieser, Lucinda Childs, Pauline Oliveros, Ralph Lemon, Richard Maxwell, and Catherine Wood.

The exhibition does not aim to act as a dictionary or an encyclopedia, but rather as an archive of perspectives within an expansive artistic community.

By using an online platform, “In Terms of Performance” is not limited to the restraints of a normal print publication. Clicking through the anthology, “In Terms of Performance” proves that it is a place where terms, contributors, and artworks are intricately interwoven.

This text based installation will enable users to browse freely through the many essays and interviews provided by the artists as well as selected materials from the BAM Hamm Archives, just as easily as they would an online page such as Wikipedia.

The goal of these linked keywords is to function as digital stepping stones through the site itself. Such keywords included on the site are, “Composition,” “Prop,” “Duration,” “Live,” and “Postdramatic” among others.

Following each term leads to another and so on. Many of the artists have included works “for further reference” to aid the reader in their understanding of that specific keyword. What makes “In Terms of Performance” so unique is that these texts can then be selected, downloaded, and printed as a booklet tailored by the reader.

“In Terms of Performance” proves that art can exist in a digital space just as much as a physical one.

On March 21st from 5:30 to 8 p.m., the “In Terms of Performance Opening Activations” featuring performances by Ain Gordon, Malik Gaines, and Sharon Hayes will occur in the Natman Room and Lepercq Space.

The “In Terms of Performance” exhibition will run from March 5th to May 8th, where the public is invited to see the exhibition at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Peter Jay Sharp Building at 30 Lafayette Street in Boerum Hill.

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