THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF OBDURANCE ART, FROM 1860 TILL THE PRESENT IN 30 MINUTES
presented at Centre Pompidou, Paris; Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, 2010
It is a lecture during which Kira Nova and Michael Portnoy present and perform instances of 20 core Obdurance art pieces since 1860 until the present.
This most stubborn and orthodox art movement regained its interest after Bent R. Sigurskjold published his book The Complete History of Obdurance Art. In which he argues that Obdurance art touches on and has influenced fields as divers as performance art, degree-zero dance, social psychology, avant-garde theater, conceptual and participatory art, ludic studies, Hybridism, OULIPO, and early 20th Century Russian Absurdism.
Most importantly Obdurance art is a predecessor and originator of Endurance art. The prominent feature of Obdurance art is the stubborn refusal to change the course of action, thus resulting in extremely lengthy repetition of a singular activity be it a dance move, operatic sound or a feedback loop.
For more information see: http://www.repetition-island.com/post/802093080/an-interview-with-ieva-miseviciute-and-michael-portnoy
Concept & performanceKira Nova, Michael Portnoy; Center Pompidou, part of Repetition Island project curated by Raimundas Malasauskas