Maria Morata

re.act.feminism – a performing archive. Between canon and AnArchive

30.05. [12 Uhr]

How to imagine, create and perform a mobile archive and workstation with a growing collection of video, film and photographic documents of feminist, gender-critical and queer performance art? re.act.feminism – a performing archive aims to collect the work of more than 180 artists and artists collectives from more than 40 countries and make it available to a broader public. In an attempt to re-think the concept of the archive as a non-hierarchical and not chronological structure, the project explores new uses, re-uses, appropriations and re-interpretations of the archival materials by other artists, researchers as well as by the users. The ephemeral and subversive character of performance art arises diverse and transversal questions about the complex relationship between live performances, their traces/documents and their reception. To generate keep a dynamic tension between feminism, the archive and performance is the final goal of the project: an archive that performs.


Art and Film Curator, researcher
Studium der Visuellen Kommunikation in Madrid (Universidad Complutense), der Filmwissenschaften (Université Paris VIII) und M.A.: Kunst im Kontext in Berlin (Universität der Künste). Freiberufliche Kuratorin im Bereich Film und Video für Museen und Kunstinstitutionen wie Arsenal – Institut für Film- und Videokunst in Berlin, CCCB und MACBA in Barcelona, Intermediae Matadero in Madrid, Steirischer Herbst in Graz, Centre Arts Santa Mónica Barcelona und La Casa Encendida, Madrid. Seit 2007 Lehrbeauftragte für Film und Videokunst an verschiedenen Universitäten (Universität der Künste Berlin, Universität Potsdam, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main, Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Universität Bayreuth und Bahçeşehir University Berlin). Videoarchiv-Koordinatorin bei re.act.feminist #2. a performing archive. Seit 2009 Mitglied der Auswahlkommission der Berlinale Shorts bei den Internationalen Filmfestspielen Berlin.