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Performing Viral Pandemics?

Started by aha. Last reply by aha May 11, 2020. 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, 2020. 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, 2020. 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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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 area of performance philosophy might be. Do we automatically restrict our thinking if we submit it to being structured by notions of 'fields' and 'disciplines' (sub-fields or sub-disciplines) even if these are conceived as interdisciplinary, or even as anti-disciplines from the start (as Performance Studies once was)? Are notions of perpetual self-criticism any less conventional in their own way if they are modelled according to methods attached to the familiar or emergent proper names - to Marx, to Laruelle even?

On one level, it might be tempting to think in terms of the development of Performance Philosophy as operating along the lines of Film Philosophy - a field that emerged within the specific disciplinary context and particular history that includes the influence of classical film theory, psychoanalytic-semiotic / Screen theory, the philosophy of film that perhaps really begins with Cavell and so on. But I sense this would be a mistake. Or rather, this might be only one version of how Performance Philosophy develops. For instance, there are indications that a 'philosophy of theatre' (as conceived by philosophers largely emerging from backgrounds in Anglo-American / analytic thought) will soon become more evident in publishing. What is interesting though is that this work is largely unaware of what we might construe as an existing 'philosophy of theatre' produced by and within Theatre and Performance Studies; being primarily concerned with what "philosophers" say about theatre. But clearly many of us are also concerned with notions of philosophy as performance and performativity too - in ways that have fewer parallels in the film area.

What am I saying?
Not much perhaps - but thinking aloud on the possibilities of maintaining movement within disciplines, or of resisting the idea that to think in terms of fields is necessarily to think in terms of reductions, stasis, identification... But I need interlocutors. Bring on April!

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Comment by Anna Dreher on April 7, 2013 at 12:09

Sadly, I just discovered all of this now. I wpould so have loved to come to the conference and meet the interesting people who are already exploring a field that I thought did not exist at all in Germany. I am completely with you in regretting the boundaries and restrictions one sets to oneself by thinking in terms of fields. But I am also right now experiencing a sense of being lost in the midst of so many thoughts and ideas... because by relinquishing the idea of remaining inside one certain discipline, and thus widening the field, it becomes inmanageable, so totally and absolutely unfeasible that it is a gift and a horror at the same time. 

I guess I am also not saying much I am hoping and looking forward to exploring this network further and to get in touch with some of the people interested in this field. 

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