Spanning a hundred years (1910 - 2010) and three geographical locations - Europe, Japan and North America - this unique book examines the capacity of performance to recode reality. It argues for a seamless continuity between philosophy, critical theory and artistic practice. Each chapter ends with scores, providing readers with the opportunity to explore the discussed ideas in an embodied, and, where applicable, interactional way.
The book's analysis of such landmark phenomena as the ready-made, action painting, intermedia, feminine writing, identity politics, cyborgian bio-art and ludic (h)activism make it an invaluable source for practical theorists, and undergraduate and Masters-level students of Performance Studies, Performing Arts, Fine and Visual Arts and Cultural Studies.
Natasha Lushetich lectures at the University of Exeter, UK, where her specialist areas include intermedia, live art, questions of identity and ideology, and performance and philosophy.
Introduction.- PART I: THE DYNAMIC TURN 1. Vital Action.- 2. The World Becomes.- 3. The Quest for Authenticity.- PART IIl THE DECONSTRUCTIVE TURN 4. Against Commodity Fetishism.- 5. The Way of the Body.- 6. Resisting Determination, Resisting Interpretation.- 7. Biopower and Female Writing.- 8. Identity Politics.- PART III: THE DIGITAL TURN 9. Mixing Reality.- 10. Ludic (H)activism.- 11. Beyond the Human-Non-Human Divide.- Epilogue.