Micha? Libera: Modes of Producing Music: Presenting and Performing (Draft)

In the speech I would like to discuss/build/deny a difference between presenting and performing as two modes of producing music. The standpoint is suggested by twentieth century philosophy [presence/performative problems] but will not go into theoretical reflections. It will rather focus on the ways of organizing culture.

In the speech I would like to discuss/build/deny a difference between presenting and performing as two modes of producing music. The standpoint is suggested by twentieth century philosophy [presence/performative problems] but will not go into theoretical reflections. It will rather focus on the ways of organizing culture.

I will try to examine the notion of presenting music as typical organizational background of festival- or club owners, tour organizers etc. doing the review of what is happening in music »at the moment«. Thus presenting music will be shown as an attempt to show here what is produced there. I will try to show that the definition can be understood in geopolitical terms. By doing so, I will try to show that the logic of presenting music is rather underlining the borders then challenging them, no matter who or where is performing.

Performing on the other hand will be understood as a partisan way of producing music. That specific mode of organization – as a practice never fixed to any place, time or artistic effect – is focused on the minimal predefinition of how the end result should look like. Performing thus will be understood as the organization of the context of the event. Again, this organizational level should be also understood in geopolitical terms. In that respect, performing would be dealing with borders rather then challenging or sustaining them.

The whole argument will be accompanied by the examples of music events organization in Poland. But the main goal of the speech will be not to discuss the details of the »polish case« but to propose a certain framework for a concrete discussion about specific events [concerts, tours, festivals, records, panel discussions, meetings, press].