The book [Re]PERFORMING A LIST ... FROM A TO Z AND BACK AGAIN
is an iteration of The Aesthetics Group’s response to a series of progressively treated triptychs entitled atoz made by artist Jeanette Doyle for exhibition at the AC Institute in New York.
The book [Re]PERFORMING A LIST ... FROM A TO Z AND BACK AGAIN is an iteration of The Aesthetics Group’s response to a series of progressively treated triptychs entitled atoz made by artist Jeanette Doyle for exhibition at the AC Institute in New York. The performance of the Aesthetics Group activates the work in multiple registers – live in the gallery and subsequently online for both the AC Institute curated by Holly Crawford, and the Bangkok Biennial curated by Anne Murray, who also wrote the foreword for this book. Through the performance of a script, the process and conditions of development, presentation and reception are subtly altered allowing new forms of interaction with the material to emerge. The work resonates through the dual lenses of critical theory and performance, allowing a critical and playful reflection on Doyle’s work in the context of the contemporary artistic sublime. The work continues the group’s research, which interrogates the aesthetics of language and politics in the digital age.
“A poetic performance by the Aesthetics Group in New York City on an April night in 2019 comes to life again! In my mind I hear again their voices call and respond, questioning and dreaming about Jeanette Doyle’s beautiful images which contemplate the sublime in their delicate nuance. The words are pearls of light, language and life. The book is a treasure.” —Claire Montgomery Founder Director, Location One, New York
“This unique book provides an innovative system for prescient performative reflections that meaningfully take us everywhere; from language, technology, architecture and temporality to the nature of images, while all the time being guided from A to Z and back again.” —Dr. Brian Fay Senior Lecturer, Fine Art and Visual Culture, TUDublin
Poetry. Art. Collaboration.
The Aesthetics Group is a research group affiliated with The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (Grad- CAM) at the Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin). The group includes researchers and practitioners from a variety of different backgrounds including philosophy, visual art, digital media, theater, and performance. Since 2011, the group has collaboratively engaged with aesthetic theory, practice, and policy to develop new critical positions in aesthetics and related fields. The group collaboratively writes texts around which performances are enacted. This form of 'pedagogical performance' serves to explore the potential of performance as a mode of inquiry and as a vehicle for mobilizing philosophic and artistic concepts. The outcomes of this process including live performance and collective writing allow the dissemination of research across different registers.