Edited by Sabeth Buchmann, Ilse Lafer, Constanze Ruhm
Published by Sternberg Press
August 2016, English
16.5 x 22 cm, 256 pages
Price: 102 lei
Contributions by Rainer Bellenbaum, Vincent Bonin, Sabeth Buchmann, José M. Bueso, Kathrin Busch, Stefanie Diekmann, Kai van Eikels, Stephan Geene, Richard Ibghy, Ekkehard Knörer, Eva Könnemann, Ilse Lafer, Christine Lang, Susanne Leeb, Marilou Lemmens, Achim Lengerer, Annemarie Matzke, Jenny Nachtigall, Silke Otto-Knapp, Avital Ronell, Constanze Ruhm, Martin Jörg Schäfer, Dorothea Walzer
Although the format of the rehearsal is used across a number of disciplines—film and theater as well as fine arts—it has been scarcely considered in historical and contemporary art discourses. With this in mind, Putting Rehearsals to the Test investigates the role and function of the rehearsal as a methodology, modus operandi, medium, site of representation, and reflection on processes of artistic production. As the contributions in this book show, practices of rehearsal put those procedures—sometimes joyful, sometimes troublesome but structurally productive—into the foreground to replace given conventions and regulations with new forms and rules. Shaping working processes (the in-the-making) and products (the making-of) without defined aims and ends, artists, activists, and theorists working with strategies of rehearsal focus on moments of contingency, interruption, recommencement, irregular repetition, uncertainty, and failure within existing systems. Practices of rehearsal, in attempting to transform asymmetric labor divisions, appear as links between aesthetic judgment and social or institutional critique. This book is a critical and timely reappraisal of the methodologies of the rehearsal, and makes a claim for the aesthetic and political potential in the unfinished project.