Display and displacement
If I Can’t Dance
In this show we ask how modes of display can complicate the way objects and practices are perceived and attended to. What constitutes display, especially when display is the public showing and sharing of performative and ritual-based practices?
The contemporary arts are registering a resurgence of interest in ancient traditions and alternative systems of knowledge. At the same time, contemporary curators are facing increasingly important challenges to rethink collections and displays that are often the result of Western colonial displacement. Even in societies globally connected certain objects still bear a trace of a specific place and knowledge. But displacement can also be a generative association for artists, by addressing the way intergenerational knowledge and practices are passed on or lost, finding new shapes today.
With us, discussing how we can rethink display in its tension with displacement, are three invited guests: artist and researcher Charl Landvreugd, research programmer and curator Rita Ouedraogo and artist Jay Tan.
The radio show was broadcasted live from the office of If I Can't Dance at Westerdok 606-608, Amsterdam, where audience was welcome to attend. If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution is an art organisation dedicated to exploring the evolution and typology of performance and performativity in contemporary art. Their 2019-20 programme coalesces around the field of inquiry Ritual and Display.