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Points of Convergence

Alternative Views on Performance

Thanks to its very nature, performance enters into natural dialogue with art, new media, politics, and the social sphere as a whole. Always happening in the here and now, and with a unique freedom and openness to the unknown, performance is a medium with a special ability to question its own subjects, materials, and languages. As a result, it is often best reflected in the dynamic character of contemporary art and contemporaneity in the broadest sense of the word. Points of Convergence explores these ideas and investigates critical approaches to performance, ultimately aiming to stimulate new discussion between theorists and practitioners.

With twelve essays by leading figures in the field of performance arts, this illustrated volume is structured in two parts. The first, authored by academics in the discipline, features an introduction to key areas of scholastic research. The second part, authored by curators and other researchers, then focuses on an account of individual traditions of performance. Taken together, the contributions identify new possibilities for interaction between the theoretical aspects of performance art and the ways performance plays out within local contexts.

262 pages | 32 color plates, 28 halftones | 5 x 7 | © 2017

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Table of Contents

Marta Dziewanska and André Lepecki
Introduction: Performance as Critical-Aesthetic Force

I. Points of Convergence: Performance and Contemporaneity

André Lepecki
Performance and Corporeality: Suspensions of the “Human”

Nicholas Ridout
The Trunk-Maker in the Upper Gallery: Performance and Its Publics

Shannon Jackson
Social Turns: In Theory and Across the Arts

Rebecca Schneider
Performance and Documentation: Acting in Ruins and the Question of Duration

Bojana Kunst
The Troubles with Temporality: Micropolitics of Performance

Fred Moten
Some Propositions on Blackness, Phenomenology, and (Non)Performance

II. Off-Hinge/Off-Center: Alternative Views on Performance

Subculture in Revolt: Zero Jigen and Antimodern Performance Art in 1960s Japan

Claudia Calirman
Naked Man, Flaming Chickens: A Brief History of Brazilian Performance Art

Verónica Metello
Some Notes on Early Portuguese Performance Art

Magda Lipska
Putting People First: On the Genealogy of Performance in the Spirit of Oskar Hansen’s Open Form Theory

Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez
Resilient Practices, Practices of Affect: A Few Case Studies on Performances in Public Spaces and Their Controversies in the Former Easter Europe

Sasha Obukhova
Turning Words into Action

List of Works and Photo Credits

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