Performativity is a defined dominant quality in Contemporary Art; i.e. the immediacy of its interaction with both the context and the people that take part in it.

 

The term is derived from performative utterances, defined in the 1950's by ordinary language philosopher J. L. Austin; i.e. situations where saying something was a synonym of doing it, rather than merely describing it. The word performativity itself has since then entered different fields - e.g. literature, philosophy and art - in the discourse of scholars such as Jacques Derrida, Shoshana Felma, Judith Butler and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. In particular, when related to psychoanalysis, feminism and queer theory, it has been specifically used to indicate social change.

 

Likewise, contemporary art is a synonym of installation and performance – where installation is the act of installing and performance is not necessarily meant as performance art, but as the act of enacting and embodying the space (i.e. performativity) –  generating a chain effect of participatory actions and exchanges in a specific, circumscribed temporality, and followed by the establishment of networks.