Performing MMoCA

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PERFORMING MMOCA
SALYER + SCHAAG
Durational participatory performance
September 23, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Wisconsin Triennial 2016

We are presenting a durational participatory performance project as part of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s Wisconsin Triennial 2016! The project is called PERFORMING MMOCA and here’s how you can participate:

1. Pick up a “(performing)” button from the installation at MMoCA anytime throughout the Triennial, or this Friday, September 23, at the opening reception.
2. Wear your “(performing)” button to signify your participation in the performance.
3. Inside or outside the museum, take a photo or video of yourself wearing the button and post it to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #PerformingMMoCA

More information about our project:

Performing MMoCA unfolds throughout the time-space of the Wisconsin Triennial, bracketing your experience at the exhibition as a participatory performance situation. The work includes all actions and interactions performed by all MMoCA Triennial attendees wearing “(performing)” buttons throughout the duration of the Triennial, beginning September 23, 2016 and ending January 8, 2017. The project spotlights the context of the museum, asking questions about the role of perception and performance within an exhibition of contemporary art. Blurring the boundaries between artist, artwork, and spectator, Performing MMoCA playfully asks, where does art begin and end?

We invite you to wear a “(performing)” button to signify your participation in the performance.

Buttons will be available in an installation at MMoCA starting Friday, Sep. 23, 2016, at the opening reception.

While wearing the button, you might also:
1. Notice your thoughts, perceptions, and reactions to each artwork.
2. Notice how you are physically positioning yourself in relation to each artwork.
3. Notice your performance(s) of spectatorship in the museum.
4. Notice other museum-goers wearing the button.
5. Notice other museum-goers performing.
6. Wear your button outside the museum, taking the project – and the Triennial – with you wherever you go.
7. Notice your performance(s) in everyday life.
8. Notice your performance(s) of identity (gender, race, sexuality, class, ability, age, etc.).
9. Notice your performance(s) changing in response to various environments.
10. Inside or outside the museum, take a picture or video of yourself wearing the button and post it to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #PerformingMMoCA

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