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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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Call for Papers and Interventions

Beirut: Bodies in Public


Beirut: Bodies in Public is a three-day workshop inviting artists and researchers to think through the interdisciplinary concerns surrounding performance in public space in Beirut.


Workshop Dates: 9th –11th October 2014

Deadline for responses: 13th June 2014


Location: American University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon)


Confirmed Speakers: Professor Mona Harb, American University of Beirut

                                    Professor Jane Rendell, the Bartlett, UCL

                                    Professor Cornelia Krafft, American University of Beirut


In its recent (2013) edition on Beirut, PeepingTom Digest printed the anonymised quotation: “Art in public spaces doesn’t exist anymore.”


We invite researchers, artists and other cultural practitioners to respond to this provocation, whether considering it as a lament, a falsehood, an opportunity, or otherwise. The workshop will take performance as its throughline of discussion, focussing on the position of embodied practice within public space and the implications of its suggested demise.


After theorists of urban space such as Henri Lefebvre and Michel de Certeau, and thinkers on the public/counterpublic such as Nancy Fraser and Michael Warner, urban space and the public sphere have both been widely theorised as contested, performative and perpetually constructed conditions rather than ‘given’ sites.


On the other hand, in light of the powerful uprisings and violent oppression witnessed across the globe in recent years, the material and bodily requirements that make possible the performance of publicity, or make visible the occupation of public space, have been lately emphasised by thinkers such as Judith Butler. In the Lebanese context or elsewhere, how might we address this invitation to responsibly rethink performance in public space, through attending to what Butler calls its material and bodily ‘supports’?


Whilst the workshop welcomes contributions dealing with practical and conceptual material generated across the globe, its location in and focus on Beirut takes account of the particular set of critical socio-material conditions informing an ongoing practice of performative acts in contemporary Lebanon.


Responses may be informed by the following questions:


  • What does the existence, demise or discrediting of the presence of art in public space represent for a public in Lebanon or elsewhere? As an embodied and time-based practice, sometimes enacted on the fly, performance is productively open-ended but also socially and economically precarious. What are the implications of using performative art to occupy or configure public space – and what are the implications of its absence?


  • How does performance engage with the built environment and its memory, promise or ambiguity? What material, social or affective considerations sustain or constrain performance, and must these be made explicit when dealing with public art or performative spatial practices? How might these practices, or their absence, in turn shape the dimensions of shared spaces?


Possible areas of interest could include:


- Precarity, counterpublics or performances of activism

- The audience as public; the absent public

- Urban landscapes and spatial practices

- Architecture, memory and (in)visibility

- Public art initiatives

- Identity and public space

- Performance and public institutions


The workshop combines research presentations with arts-based events on site or in other locations in Beirut. A competitive seed-fund of £150 GBP (approx. $250 USD) will be available to an artist or collective to create an original artistic response to the workshop on site, during the event, exhibiting the work (and/or its documentation) at its conclusion and for a period afterwards. Unsuccessful applications for the seed fund will automatically be considered for programming.


  • For individual research presentations lasting 20 minutes, please submit a 250 word abstract and a short biography of the presenter.
  • For collaborative presentations and curated panel discussions lasting 1 hour, please submit a 250 word abstract and short biographies of the participants.
  • For performances, artworks and other interventions, please submit a 250 word description, with indicative videos and images attached if possible, and a short biography of the participants.
  • For proposals to the seed-fund for an original work to be created during the conference on site, applications should include a 750-word proposal with reference to the thematics of the workshop, and a short biography of the applicant(s) with details/documentation of previous work.


Please submit proposals and direct any enquiries by email to and by 13th June 2014. Notice of acceptance decisions will be received by 20th June 2014.


Beirut: Bodies in Public takes place in association with Performance Philosophy, and is supported by the American University of Beirut, and King’s College London.

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