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The College Art Association’s latest review published in Scalar


The focus of “If were,” the latest Scalar project published by the College Art Association, is Boris Charmatz’s “If Tate Modern Was Musée de la Danse?,” a work that turned the Turbine Hall of the Tate Museum into a dance performance, into a “dance museum” on May 15th and 16th of 2015. Boris’ work asks “What would a museum of dance look like?” and, thus correspondingly, this Scalar project, a review of Boris’ work in the Tate, asks “What would a review of a work in a dance museum look like?”

Organized by editor designate of, Juliet Bellow, the review includes an introduction by Bellow, and reviews of the performances at the Tate Modern by three scholars of dance, Arabella Stanger, Nicole Zee, and Tamara Tomic-Vajagic. The review presents the complexities of Charmatz’s transformation of the Tate Modern into a museum of dance for two days a transformation that challenges conceptions of museums as institutional spaces and incorporates audience participation and “unauthorized” performances.

This review is part of a new initiative to review time-based media works, a great fit for Scalar. This first review features an interactive map allowing readers to see where Boris’ performances occurred in the Tate Modern as well as videos and images that document the performance overall.

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