Critical Writing Index

Performing the Document in Francis Alÿs's Re-enactments

by Emily Rose Lyver-Harris

Invisible Culture, Apr 18, 2015, no. 22, pp. 1-13

Emily Rose Lyver-Harris discusses the work of Francis Alÿs in an attempt to investigate the tension between live performance and its documentation. Lyver-Harris focuses on Alÿs’s Re-enactments, a two-channel video piece juxtaposing documentation of a performance and its recreation. By deconstructing Re-enactments, Lyver-Harris proposes the argument that the videos that document the live performance operate beyond the documentary mode and are fundamental to the work itself.

ITEM 2015.005 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Re-enactmentsFrancis Alÿs

Newspaper clippingFrancis Alÿs