The artist’s given reason for this policy is because he is trying to capture "the fleeting gestures and social subtleties of lived experience rather than on material objects." (Via Guggenheim statement notes). Rather than focusing on how impossible this position is, I want to talk about why this is naive and/or insulting to other artists.
Performance art (in general) is an enacted work of art that takes place over time (and perhaps a social layer). Other types of performance include music, dance, theater, etc … all these art forms are happily reproduced. Everyone realizes that the reproduction is nothing like experiencing the original.
Further, even without the dimension of time, the same can be said for material objects. Experiencing a material art object is a fleeting, lived experience that no jpg can reproduce. When Tino Sehgal (or any artist) takes the position that their artwork cannot be photographed because it contains something that other artworks don’t, they insult everyone (as if other artwork can safely be photographed without much loss).
also by Chris Jagers
- The Perot Museum and Downtown Dallas - December 12th, 2012
- A Dream Deferred - April 10th, 2011
- Would Van Gogh be Making Apps? - March 30th, 2011
- Dallas Arts District (IN LEGOS) - July 3rd, 2010
- Kana Harada: The Way Home - May 24th, 2010