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What does the structureless of shock look like?

Started by Jim Daly. Last reply by Bernard Roddy Feb 22. 1 Reply

You can't impose structure on shock, can you? Continue

Bishop and Bourriaud

Started by Bernard Roddy. Last reply by Monica Gontovnik Aug 19, 2016. 1 Reply

Claire Bishop's book, Artificial Hells, provides a useful resource to engage with a set of works in performance of relevance to studio practice today. I am uploading my notes on the the first pages…Continue

Claire Bishop and Nicholas Bourriaud

Started by Bernard Roddy Jul 26, 2016. 0 Replies

Claire Bishop's book, Artificial Hells, provides a useful resource to engage with a set of works in performance of relevance to studio practice today. I am uploading my notes on the the first pages…Continue

Tags: aesthetics, relational, criticism, art, performance

Nowhere Near London (or, The Late Walter Benjamin)

Started by Fred Dalmasso Jun 23, 2016. 0 Replies

is to be given its premiere in the main auditorium at theWatford Palace Theatre on Monday, July 4th, 7.30pmsee …Continue

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MA Performance

Posted by silvia battista on August 3, 2017 at 9:27 0 Comments

Dear all

Liverpool Hope University is now accepting applications for its new postgraduate programme in performance. I would appreciate if you could pass this information to any graduates who might be interested.

This MA programme offers an interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective on contemporary performance practice and research. It is primarily addressed to practitioners, curators and researches interested in performance as an expanded field of cultural and critical…


OPEN CALL: Symposium Performance Philosophy School of Athens II

Posted by Stella Dimitrakopoulou on July 20, 2017 at 17:30 0 Comments

Athens, 23-24 September 2017

Performance Philosophy School of Athens II, is a two-day symposium, organised by Stefania Mylona and Stella Dimitrakopoulou, in association with the Performance Philosophy network. This year will focus on Performance Dance, performances of all kinds that stand in-between dance and performance art or more broadly the visual arts world. The symposium…



Posted by Allen Alain Viguier on June 16, 2017 at 17:36 0 Comments

Object art is entirely processual and performative. No object preexists a perspective, a context and a participant-observer. The object post-object was not has been turned on its head, and turned inside out. A site dedicated to second order observation.…


Notes on Performance art, the Body and the Political.pdf

Posted by Andrea Pagnes (VestAndPage) on March 12, 2017 at 15:54 0 Comments

For anyone interested, I have linked on my page profile at the voice 'texts' my curatorial and post event catalogue text of the 2nd Live art exhibition project Venice International Performance Art Week: Ritual Body-Political Body (Venice, 2014).


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Performance: Artaud, Allan Kaprow, John Cage, Goat Island, Tatsumi Hijikata, Robert Wilson, Lygia Clark, Marcus Coates, Living Theatre

Philosophy: Deleuze, Guattari, Bergson, Spinoza, Nietzsche, Laruelle

Themes: Participation, Collaboration, Time/Duration, Animals and the Nonhuman, Voice, Ethics, Mental Health - especially schizophrenia

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Reflections after Performance Philosophy at Trinity Laban - March 2013

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 16:14 1 Comment

Jonathan Clark kindly invited me to give a talk on PP at Trinity Laban yesterday evening - a really welcome opportunity, for me at least, to think through my sense of where Performance Philosophy is at thus far and where it might go in future. In particular though it was great to meet so many researchers from across the disciplines, though particularly Music and Dance, who are concerned with a lot of the same issues that have been bugging me for years. We talked a lot, for instance, about…


The limits of 'field thinking'

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 10:47 1 Comment

I have had the pleasure to spend much of the last couple of weeks reading through the great quality and quantity of proposals that we received for the Performance Philosophy conference in April. (NB. Decisions will be out by Jan 15th once the organizing committee have had a chance to meet and confer).

What was fantastic and thought-provoking was the number of papers that really dealt with the questions of the CFP head on - particularly perhaps the question of what the future of this… Continue

Interdisciplinary anxiety

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 18:17 2 Comments

I am waiting in Euston Station to catch a train to Manchester to go to the SEP-FEP conference: the joint conference of the Society for European Philosophy and the Forum for European Philosophy where John Mullarkey and I are going to give a joint presentation on Laruelle and Kaprow, non-philosophy meets nonart and the nonhuman.


And I am having, again, a bout of interdisciplinary anxiety.


In part, this follows some very interesting discussions on an earlier…


A Performance Philosophy blog, Day One: "The Future of the Field"

Posted on August 19, 2012 at 11:17 2 Comments

There are many admirable bloggers in contemporary philosophy - John Protevi and Levi Bryant among them.

I am starting my own with considerable trepidation and expecting that I may not be able to stick it out for long. I suspect I may lack the confidence, and be generally too self-doubting for this particular form. I spend a lot of time worrying - productively and unproductively - about the words I put into print and those I deliver in public forums. Whereas the blog seems to require a…


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At 14:07 on March 31, 2015, Thierry Dousset said…

Dear laura,

How is it going ? Are you teaching in England or studying? I might go to Colombia to do a Phd in Esthétique, the sooner, the better. I had Laruelle as a teacher!

Have a nice day

At 20:11 on March 29, 2013, bruno roubicek said…

Thanks Laura,

I'll let you know detailed timings nearer the event. Now I know you are possibly able to come on 2nd, I will try and arrange for "Insect Hotel" to be happening then, (2.00pm - 8.00pm). To be honest, the International Collective of Ecological Actors is just whichever mates turn up on the day!! But I am thinking it would be a good name for my new theatre company.

All the best,


At 23:11 on March 28, 2013, bruno roubicek said…

Laura, thanks for your lecture which was brilliant. And such great technique. Eye contact with audience very impressive. I've downloaded your powerpoint so thanks for that. I feel like there is a huge amount to absorb here. But I wanted to contribute something to the site debate. I've organised a free Little Ecological Arts Festival - LEAF, in an open access public space in Forest Hill, SE London. (1st - 4th May).  I'm facilitating, (Not performing. Does it therefore count as practical research? Another question.), some performances/installations that are attempting to give attention to things. I've attached the poster and the blog is here:

By the way, I would have come to the conference but the show in Bristol is clashing. In any case, your lecture has given me so much to think about, I need a bit of time before I feel that I can contribute much to discussions.

All the best and look forward to having a chat sometime. I'm sure the conference will be extraordinary. Bruno

At 20:00 on February 28, 2013, Huw Hallam said…

Why thank you!

At 13:42 on November 5, 2012, Andrew Wilford said…

Thank you Laura! Awesome site-administrating... I know how much work it is as I run a similar site. Kindest regards.

At 12:47 on August 13, 2012, Liza Kharoubi-Echenique said…

Thank you Laura for your message! That would be with pleasure! I hope you are well too. Liza

At 21:17 on July 19, 2012, Joseph Cermatori said…

Thanks for the welcome, Laura. It's nice to be here!

At 17:25 on July 7, 2012, Theron Schmidt said…

Looking nice!  I like the design. Will check back later.


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