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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

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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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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…

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THE OBJECT TURNED INSIDE OUT

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.…

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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).

DAAD Faculty Summer Seminar on Performance Theory/Performance Practice

Posted by David J Levin on February 20, 2017 at 21:17 0 Comments

Hi All, a quick note to remind everyone that applications for the DAAD Faculty Summer Seminar on Performance Theory & Performance Practice to be held on the campus of the University of Chicago are due March 1. The seminar, organized in cooperation with the Chicago Performance Lab, will take place from June 19, 2017-July 15, 2017. Information on stipends & applications can be found …

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Preview benefit for "Theorems, Proofs, Rebuttals, and Propositions: A Conference of Theoretical Theater"

Dear friends, 

As some of you know, I have been working with Esther Neff on an independent conference to gather people from various disciplines to theorize together prompted by --and through-- specific acts of performance. "Theorems, Proofs, Rebuttals, and Propositions: A Conference of Theoretical Theater" will happen in September 2013, in New York. (For more info: …

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Added by Yelena Gluzman on March 5, 2013 at 22:19 — No Comments

The limits of 'field thinking'

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

Added by Laura Cull on January 3, 2013 at 10:47 — 1 Comment

Old news

Hello. I have recently returned to, spruced up and tagged my blog "Unattended Articles". Have a sift. There's a post here that perhaps serves as an introduction - Reality: A User's Guide. Thanks. http://slepkane.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/reality-users-guide.html

Added by Simon Kane on November 19, 2012 at 11:04 — No Comments

New Philosophy Journal

A new journal hass been founded: Sublin/mes. philosophieren von unten. a queer reviewed journal. The first issue will be published soon.

http://sublinesblog.wordpress.com/

A liquid Manifesto

What is philosophizing from below and why do we affirm it unconditionally?

Philosophizing from below is affective, bodily, precarious, rhizomatic,…

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Added by Esther Hutfless on November 16, 2012 at 9:37 — No Comments

Barthes and Performance

' To stay still and to step aside, both pertain in the end to a method of performance, to play. So it is not surprising that on the impossible horizon of the anarchy of language, at that point where language tries to escape the power inherent in it, to escape its own servility, one finds something that relates to theatre. To indicate the impossible limit of language I have cited two authors : Kierkegaard and Nietzsche. Both of them write , nevertheless. But what was at sake for both of…

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Added by Patrick ffrench on October 17, 2012 at 20:33 — No Comments

Caroline Bergvall event in Cambridge

To mark Caroline Bergvall's arrival as the incoming Judith E Wilson visiting fellow, there will be a special poetry event in the Judith E Wilson Drama Studio, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge.



Monday 15th October, 8 pm.



Caroline Bergvall and Lisa Robertson will present and read from their work.



All welcome.



Judith E Wilson Drama Studio, Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP



Caroline Bergvall is a poet of…

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Added by Drew Milne on October 12, 2012 at 12:00 — No Comments

The Worth of Words

Gay McAuley's talk at the TFTS Department in Aberystwyth yesterday made me wonder about the worth of words.

She spoke of a 'wave of official apologies' that were happening across the globe and - if I remember correctly - that she deemed 'necessary'. Perhaps my issue is as much with the politics of such a gesture - the official apology - as with the word 'necessary'. Necessity indicates need, at least to me, especially since it stems from Latin, 'indispensable'. Is there a need for an…

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Added by Lara Kipp on October 11, 2012 at 21:00 — No Comments

Pavis, Performance Analysis and Perception

Upon reading Pavis' 'Analyzing Performance' (p. 24: "theater lovers capable of feeling and understanding the sensations and movements of their own bodies, [...] the bodies of performers [...] as an auto-bio-graphy in its true sense..."; italics not mine) I wonder: How do we get there? Is practice (i.e. constant exposure to various forms of performance) enough? Do you need to train yourself to "perceiv[e] 'thought-in-action'"? It cannot depend upon the often referred to suspension of…

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Added by Lara Kipp on October 3, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

Rogue Events Agency: Teh blog that does not take (a) place.

Rogue Event Agency: Teh blog that does not take (a) place.

I have just submitted my Practice Research PhD (on the 31st August) and I am fortunate to be a long-standing Senior Lecturer in the Performing Arts Department at the University Of Chichester since 2003. I am also fortunate to be…

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Added by Andrew Wilford on October 2, 2012 at 5:00 — No Comments

Ethics and aesthetics; "normal" and "pathological"; our bodies and what moves them

I have been reading "The Normal and the Pathological" by Georges Canguilhem. Epistemological understanding of norms that direct the everyday perceptions, stemming from scientific authorities, empiria and theoretical delienations (those that make theories logical) is more than desirable if we do not want those rigid formations to direct our sense of the real  via unconscious belives, and sublimated aesthetic ideals. At least I find that these theoretical ghosts and visual landmarks combining…

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Added by Marija Krtolica on September 20, 2012 at 22:09 — No Comments

“The bricoleur, says Levi-Strauss, is someone who uses ‘the means at hand,’ that is, the instruments he finds at his disposition around him, those which are already there, which had not been especial…

“The bricoleur, says Levi-Strauss, is someone who uses ‘the means at hand,’ that is, the instruments he finds at his disposition around him, those which are already there, which had not been especially conceived with an eye to the operation for which they are to be used and to which one tries by trial and error to adapt them, not hesitating to change them whenever it appears necessary, or to try several of them at once, even if their form and their origin are heterogenous – and so forth.…

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Added by Mike Chavez-Dawson on September 17, 2012 at 0:41 — 1 Comment

"It’s in the suburbs that there is vitality, deception, depression, energy, utopia, autonomy, craziness, creativity, destruction, ideas, young people, hope, fights to be fought, audaciousness, disagr…

"It’s in the suburbs that there is vitality, deception, depression, energy, utopia, autonomy, craziness, creativity, destruction, ideas, young people, hope, fights to be fought, audaciousness, disagreements, problems, and dreams. It’s in the suburbs that today’s big issues are written on the building facades. It’s in the suburbs that today’s reality can be grasped, and it’s in the suburbs that the pulse of vitality hurts." Thomas Hirschhorn

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Added by Mike Chavez-Dawson on September 17, 2012 at 0:39 — No Comments

Interdisciplinary anxiety

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…

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Added by Laura Cull on September 5, 2012 at 18:17 — 2 Comments

Rogue Events Agency: This blog does not take (a) place.

Indefinite Futures (broken already) : Possibly Coming Soon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N2nzdGKWUI&feature=share&list=PL982430B4D1B10769

Added by Andrew Wilford on September 3, 2012 at 21:27 — No Comments

An invitation to my pre-existing blog: 'Somewhere in Transition'

Hi there,

Glad to be part of this new association.  I started a blog last year after disbanding Apocryphal Theatre that was meant to be about that transition, but has turned out to be about many more.  I am working now on plans to make it into a durational performance - embracing the fact that it has many aspects from very personal to more critical/professional - like a 'common place'...wanting to allow it as a document in the rough of real-time (or close thereto...)…

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Added by Julia Lee Barclay-Morton on September 3, 2012 at 17:33 — No Comments

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

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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Added by Laura Cull on August 19, 2012 at 11:17 — 2 Comments

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