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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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Call for Contributions

parallax special issue: “Performative Afterlife”

If the significance of a work of art or literature shifts according to the itinerary of its transformative re-iterations across time, space and media, so must the terms of its analysis. For many years, a number of important developments in fine art practice, the history of art, and performance studies have been linked, at least implicitly, by a vigorous interrogation of the status of (art)works and identities, traditionally conceived of as stable or objectifiable. This issue of parallax seeks to explore this ongoing reflexion, unfolding across a number of disciplines, academic and otherwise, in the hopes of highlighting practical and ethical implications of performative iterability.

It is possible to distinguish between two broad approaches to problematising the conventional relations between an event and its archive: either by considering the archive to itself be active, inventive, performative, or by questioning the pure presence of the performative event, seeing it as already putting into play its future remains. Contemporary art history and fine art practice have tended to take the first approach, tracing the historicity of archival remains and their transformative migration (through citation, translation and interpretation, etc.). On the other hand, current scholarship in performance studies has privileged the second, shifting its focus from a long-standing infatuation with the impossibility of retrieving the event from its archive to a conception of performance as staging its own afterlife (Warburg, Benjamin), in the sense of an inscription of the future in the present. ‘Performative acts,’ Rebecca Schneider has pointed out, ‘are always reiterative, and as such are already a kind of document or record’ exposed to the coming of time. This concept of an afterlife (Nachleben) that doesn’t necessarily wait for the curtain to fall is related to a notion of the performative as iterability, a ‘rehearsal’ that transforms even as it repeats.

Far from constituting a mere problematic of methodology, this shift in perspective speaks to a concern with the possibility of social transformation. If works of art or literature, as Walter Benjamin suggests, ‘transform with the collective because they live in it,’ they inevitably become the precarious site of history’s perpetual reworking. As one consequence, the concept of afterlife is able to intervene in current debates on participation in its move away from an emphasis on the immediacy of the event in contemporary art and performance practice towards more durational and expansive conceptions of partaking, contributing and sharing. In light of this we are particularly interested in contributions from philosophical, (art-)historical, performance or cultural studies perspectives that enquire into the political and ethical implications of performative iterability and the afterlife of performance as they relate to the deconstructability of institutions, disciplines, archives, works, identities and cultural histories.

The editors invite proposals that speak to, but need not be limited to, the following areas:

-   The performative afterlife of works and artifacts (histories of reception, commentary, translation, citation and reproduction in view of ongoing transformations and dislocations: intermedial and cross-spatio-temporal migrations)

-       Performance and/as document

-       Re-enactment

-       Haunting of past and future

-       Theatricality and rehearsal

-       The concept of afterlife as it relates to Psychoanalysis (deferral/afterwardness)

-       The non-present remaining of events

-       Theoretical engagements with iterability, afterlife (Nachleben), survival (survivre) and related concepts in the work of Jacques Derrida, Walter Benjamin, Aby Warburg, Samuel Weber, Judith Butler, Bernard Stiegler et al.

Submission deadline for abstracts: 1st October (early submissions are encouraged)

Final Articles by May 1st.

Please submit abstracts of 400 words and a small biography to the editors:

Swen Steinhauser:

Neil Macdonald:

parallax is an international peer reviewed journal of philosophy and cultural theory based at the University of Leeds, UK. The journal publishes four themed issues a year. Details of the most recent editions can be found at:

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