Next to Nothing: Art as Performance

  • Coleman, E. (Contributor)
  • Jennifer McMahon (Contributor)
  • David Macarthur (Contributor)
  • James Phillips (Contributor)
  • von Sturmer, D. (Contributor)

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar


A case of “less is more” or doing more with less? Contemporary artists have moved beyond twentieth century contests between formalism and dematerialisation. Today, creative and performing artists routinely take on themes and issues rather than styles. They work as comfortably with art as material as they do with art as performative. It is not what or how it is represented but rather the ideas and concepts an artwork exemplifies that defines it.

For this symposium we presented a challenge to artists, musicians and performers to do more with less. We offer a corresponding challenge to the philosopher to think art as a unified concept rather than an amalgam of ideas.

This symposium, presented by the School of Creative Arts at the University of Newcastle in conjunction with the Lock-up, will attempt to find an interface between art and philosophy by considering what constitutes the bare essentials of creative practice.
Period26 Sept 201527 Sept 2015
Event titleNext to nothing: Art as performance
Event typeOther
LocationNewcastle, AustraliaShow on map