On Reenactment

Concepts, Methodologies, Tools


Marzia Migliora. Stilleven, 2015. Installation. 
Copyright Marzia Migliora. All rights reserved. 
Courtesy the artist and Galleria Lia Rumma Milano/Napoli.


The conference On Reenactment: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools intends to bring together scholars from the visual arts and the curatorial, museum, and dance studies to investigate the methodological and theoretical issues related to the act of reenacting choreographies and gestures, impermanent or unfinished artworks, pivotal or unrealized exhibitions and institutional archives that need to be put in motion. Besides being an artistic strategy, reenactment is being shaped as a new anti-positivist approach to the history of dance and art. As such, it contributes to setting the ground for different forms of historical thinking and understanding that embrace gender, postcolonialism, media and cultural studies in the redefinition of knowledge. Acting in the present, reenactment brings to the fore the multiple temporalities involved in the relationship with the past and introduces immersive (personal and/or collective) experience of previous ‘events’ as an alternative – or even a countermeasure – to predetermined representations of history. This is how as contemporaries we can make the past meaningful again by activating it in the present.


International conference organized by Cristina Baldacci and Susanne Franco

Location: online


​​Start date: 19/11/2020 | 14:00-18:00 (CET)

End date: 20/11/2020 | 14:00-18:00 (CET)


Contact: reenactmentconference2020@gmail.com



Cecilia Alemani (Chief Curator, High Line Art, New York City & Artistic Director, 59th Venice Biennale

Cristina Baldacci (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia) 

Stéphanie Benzaquen-Gautier (University of Nottingham)

Susanne Foellmer (Coventry University) 

Nicola Foster (Solent University, Southampton)

Francesca Franco (University of Exeter)

Susanne Franco (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia) 

Mark Franko (Temple University, Philadelphia) 

Timmy De Laet (Universiteit Antwerpen)

Aurore Després (Université De Bourgogne-Franche-Comté)

Gabriella Giannachi (University of Exeter)

Matteo Lucchetti (Curator, Visible Project, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto & Fondazione Zegna

Sven Lütticken (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) 

Gabi Ngcobo (Artist, Educator and Independent Curator, Johannesburg) 

Marina Nordera (Université Côte D’azur)

Lucia Ruprecht  (University of Cambridge)

Gerald Siegmund  (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen) 

Daniel Temkin  (Artist & Writer, New York City)

Christina Thurner (Universität Bern)

Sir Anril P. Tiatco (University of The Philippines Diliman)

Juliane Tomann (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena) 

Susanne Traub (Deputy Head of Division Contact for Dance & Performance, Goethe Institut München)

Elizabeth Waterhouse (Universität Bern)

Julia Wehren (Universität Bern)