“Isn’t All Art Performed?”

Issue Introduction


  • Sue Spaid University of Dayton, Ohio
  • Rossen Ventzislavov Woodbury University




art as performance



Author Biographies

Sue Spaid, University of Dayton, Ohio

Since 1984, Belgium-based philosopher Sue Spaid, Ph. D., has been active in the artworld as a curator, art writer, university lecturer, and museum director. Spaid, who writes regularly for HArt, was on the Contributors Board for artUS, where she published 65 articles between 1997 and 2010. She has organized over 100 exhibitions for artist-run spaces, galleries and museums, most notably “Green Acres: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses, and Abandoned Lots” (2012) and “Ecovention: Current Art to Transform Ecologies” (2002). While Executive Director at the Contemporary Museum, Spaid published A Field Guide to Patricia Johanson’s Works: Proposed, Built, Published and Collected

Rossen Ventzislavov, Woodbury University

Rossen Ventzislavov is a philosopher and cultural critic focusing on aesthetics, architectural theory, literature, popular music, and performance art. His work has appeared in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art CriticismDeleuze Studies, Contemporary Aesthetics, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies. Rossen originated the ongoing Boxing Philosophical debate series at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Los Angeles. He has been a member of the Encounter performance art collective since 2014 and is currently Professor of Philosophy at Woodbury University.


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Kania, Andrew. 2011. “All Play and No Work: An Ontology of Jazz.” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 69:391–404.

Schuller, Gunther. 1997. The Compleat Conductor. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Spaid, Sue. 2016. “Reconsidering Ventzislavov’s Thesis: ‘Curating Should be Understood as a Fine Art’.” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 74:87–91.

Ventzislavov, Rossen. 2014. “Idle Arts: Reconsidering the Curator.” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 72:83–93.