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The artist Tino Sehgal creates live encounters is currently showing at the Tate Modern.  Sehgal who studied dance and ecconomics, work is challenging on several levels.

Central to his work is the ideology that there should be non product or at least lasting physical product to his encounters as he feels that the question of production is key to his generation of artists and that at this time we should be reducing our production.

The fact that Seghal none the less negotiates deals/contracts for his works which operate in our current economic structures.

This raised the question for me that if the arts were to be changed to this degree in that much of the contemporary arts were to become focused on non physical products, then that would surely also be reflected by similar shifts in other political and economic structures and understandings?

The idea of non product based art  challenges the basic human insinct to produce things and therefore  Sehgal’s work is of interest (particularly at this time with the current world economic situation) as it calls into question not only our economic reliance on production but also the economic structures we have in place that provide a given for our cultural attainments and how we bestow cultrual worth.

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On Thursday 22nd March at 8pm The Tate Modern broadcast a live performance of Jerome Bel’s ‘Shirtology’ which marked the launch of BMW Tate Live: Performance Room.

It was an event that was billed as being interactive which asked viewers to send in messages via Tweeting or Facebook.

Jerome Bel’s performance was followed by a live discussion session in which he took part answering questions sent in by the audience.

Jerome Bel discussed the notion of Western theatre values and that these values were being challenged by the internet and sites such as YouTube.

An area that was brought in to focus for me was that of ownership and copyright.

Who owns a piece which is broadcast in this way once it enters a viewer’s home?

I took a series of screen grabs through out the performance’s broadcast and have made a very simple video using them; how is an artist going to retain rights to a piece or does a broadcast piece become in effect open source material? What if it becomes a viral video?

So for me the broadcast of this performance piece has raised these questions:

  • What exactly is owned and who owns it?
  • What rights does this ownership give?
  • Does interactive, something Bel stressed about the piece equal freedom of speech?
  • Does freedom of speech equal freedom intellectual copyright?
  • What is the difference for me as part of my creative practice to go to a theatre view a piece and then re create that or sample or refer to that work in a piece I choose to make.
  • Is there a fundamental difference using screen grabs (broadcast material) to create a video of the piece which I intend to raise questions?

Both the performance and the discussion that followed were great.

Click here to view a video of Shirtology performed in 2010 on the Julia Stoschek Collections website.

The next Tate Modern broadcast is on April 22nd.