Javier Arozena, a member of the Dance On Ensemble, co-curated the exhibition „THIS MAY BE THE PLACE. Performing the Museum“ at the Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, which brought ephemeral art forms such as dance and theatre to the space of the museum. What they have in common is that they use body and the performative gesture as raw materials, without producing objects or lasting artefacts. How then can dance have a presence in the museum? How can it be preserved and recognised?
The exhibition focuses on the frictions between the performing arts and museums, and the absence of the so-called living arts in traditional museum spaces. It features material and immaterial pieces, voices and gestures, remains of actions, but also stage and film pieces, as well as the bodies of the performers, which are memory archives in their own right. All these are activated by the movements of the visitors as they walk around the exhibition.