Dorothea von Hantelmann: The Experiential Turn

FOUND ON Walker Art Center: On Performativity. Living Collections Catalogue. Volumen 1. Minneaplis/MN.us 2014.

Preparing for my lecture at the SKOPJE LIGHT ART DISTRICT conference on May 31, 2019, I choose to focus on “The Experiential Turn” which is one of the key aspects for artists working with physical light. Based on a different cluster of observations, Berlin-based art historian Dorothea von Hantelmann suggested in 2014 to include “experience” as an artistic medium that has been introduced in artistic research and production since the 1960s.

… A concern with an artwork’s effects on the viewer and with the situation in which it takes place has indeed become a dominant feature of contemporary art since the 1960s. Although I am aware that a new notion will cause new problems, I want to suggest the experiential turn as a term that might be more appropriate and useful to describe these ongoing tendencies in contemporary art.