What the Instagram Age Learned from Robert Rauschenberg’s Choreographic Pieces

Harbison, Isobel. 2019. What the Instagram Age Learned from Robert Rauschenberg’s Choreographic Pieces. Frieze(206), pp. 136-137. ISSN 0962-0672 [Article]

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This article discussing how developments in technology and changes to the economy influence modes of performance, in everyday life and the works of art that reflec it. It establishes how a new wave of choreographic strategies in galleries and museums reflects activities of taking, sharing and performing images online. And it reflects on how exhibition architectures afford visitors a different depth of perspective than the arm’s length between smart screens and users’ eyes.

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“Reprinted with the permission of frieze”

This article first appeared in frieze issue 206 with the headline ‘When Images Move’.

'Distinct from Judson’s task-orientated movements plotted for non-proscenium environments and the moderately interactive arrangements of Happenings, Rauschenberg’s was a dynamic, nonnarrative image performance oiled, but not defined, by dance. His compositions of overlapping and co-existing images responded to a new density of media visuals filling up the living spaces of the 1960s.'


Robert Rauschenberg, Instagram, performance

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October 2019Published
24 September 2019Published Online

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07 Dec 2021 12:10

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08 Feb 2022 16:05



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