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Performing Viral Pandemics?

Started by aha. Last reply by aha May 11. 2 Replies

Hi.Hopefully all is well!The shorty is a suggestion to start an online conversation group to elaborate questions from theCovid-19 oriented period and Performance Philosophy?eg. Intra-Active Virome?…Continue

We all have the same dream?

Started by Egemen Kalyon Apr 2. 0 Replies

Hello, "We all have the same dream" is my project that aims to create an archive from the dreams of our era and reinterpret Jung's "collective unconscious" concepts with performance and performing…Continue

Circus and Its Others 2020, UC Davis CFP

Started by Ante Ursic Mar 15. 0 Replies

Circus and its Others 2020November 12-15University of California, DavisRevised Proposal Deadline: April 15, 2020Launched in 2014, the Circus and its Others research project explores the ways in which…Continue

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"Further Evidence on the Meaning of Musical Performance" Working Paper

Posted by Phillip Cartwright on January 15, 2020 at 21:28 0 Comments

Karolina Nevoina and I are pleased to announce availability of our working paper, "Further Evidence on the Meaning of Musical Performance". Special thanks to Professor Aaron Williamon and the Royal College of Music, Centre for Performance Science.…


Division of Labor - Denis Beaubois

Posted by Gabrielle Senza on February 23, 2018 at 0:36 0 Comments

I just came across Denis Beaubois, an Australian multidisciplinary artist whose work, Currency - Division of Labor might be of interest to researchers here.

It is a series of video/performance works that use the division of labor model in capitalism as a structural tool for performance.

From his website:

The Division of labour work explores…



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The title of this organization is "Performance Philosophy" that is, two nouns joined together.Or is "performance" being performed here as an adjective?Then again, I am wondering, seriously though, is the organization promoting the Philosophy OF Performances or Philosophy AS Performance?That is,as discursive performances to given audiences...

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Dear Robert, Performance Philosophy as an organisation does not propose any single definition of performance philosophy; indeed it supports the questioning of its own definition and of the two terms that compose it. Within the group there are certainly those of us concerned with the idea of philosophy as performance and as performative, but there are also many interested in the idea of a philosophy of the performing arts. But PP can also be understood in many ways beyond this and it is the job of scholars and practitioners in the field like yourself to explore these understandings.

also wondering... as far as I am concerned I would say that:

a) Philosophical thinking is always escorted by performative aspects as its reflections normally come out of the reflected reality and lead back to where they started. This is the standard 'position' of any theory regarding the reflected reality. Moreover philosophical thinking had always been a kind of performance: remind the situative context of any philosophical dialogue - more or less there are accidental aspects which are important for the ongoing perfoming thinking within the dialogue (see Plato). This aspects could be also seen as simple place holders for reality (see Flauberts éléments superflues) - but I don't think so.

b) Getting aware of this aspect (a) means to get aware that there could be another kind of presentation that could be even relevant for the use and practise of philosophical thinking (or even thinking on itself) - I call this the quest for a new kind of presentation in philosophy.

c) Realizing that we are at the very beginning of this awarnes a "short look" on the existing theories about performing arts and perfomances itselfs can be even relevant for the theoretical justification of a non-theoretical approach in contemporary philosophy.

d) Far away from this theoretical justification the practical attempt to "perform" such a kind of philosophy and its non-theoretical approach to reality has an intrinsic value. It creates a new reality of philosophical thinking and being. It shifts the representation of reality to a presentation of reality THROUGH reality.

So this is what I call "Perfomance Philosophy". And therefore I wonder what kind of practical impacts could there be.


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