Performance Research Volume 20 Issue 4

On Institutions

Issue editors: Gigi Argyropoulou and Hypatia Vourloumis

ISSN: 1352-8165 (2015) 20:4

On Institutions explores the relation between performance and institutions building on the premise that institutional structures are formed through repeated sets of practices, patterns and relations. Through a performance studies lens that approaches the figure of the institution as verb, this issue considers how institutions are performance and in turn how performance practices may enforce, destabilize and initiate new modes of organisation. Although often read as abstractions of seemingly objective, entrenched and systematic structures, institutions, whether formal or informal, are always social processes. Thus, if institutional constructions and resources are established through repeated modes of action and arrangements, how might certain performance practices constitute radical acts, becomings and socialities, and by extension, potential performances of instituting otherwise? This edition of Performance Research brings to the fore theoretical discourses and artistic production that explicitly negotiate with institutions through experimental praxes from within, through and beyond them.

Settings and Steppings

Gigi Argyropoulou, Hypatia Vourloumis

pp. 1 - 5

The Institution between Precarization and Participation

Bojana Kunst

pp. 6 - 13

In the Ruins of the University : Institution in personal and public history

Alan Read, Forster & Heighes

pp. 14 - 25

We are the Information and its Record [artist’s pages]

Kenneth Pietrobono

pp. 26 - 29

The Magic of Artworlds (Three Scenes from Belgrade)

Ana Vujanović

pp. 30 - 38

We Can’t Go on Meeting Like This : Notes on affect and post-democratic organization

Simon Bayly

pp. 39 - 48

What Theatre Can Do When We Know What is to be Done?

Goran Sergej Pristaš, BADCo.

pp. 49 - 52

Ellen Stewart’s La Mama ETC as Lower East Side Landing Site

Hillary Miller

pp. 53 - 61

The (Spectral) Lure of the Past : Sadler’s Wells, capital and the institution of dance

Kélina Gotman

pp. 62 - 70

Institutional Formations and Artistic Critique in German Ensemble Theatre

Jonas Tinius

pp. 71 - 77

Confronting the Institution in Performance : Liberate Tate's Hidden Figures

Liberate Tate

pp. 78 - 84

Otherwise, Instituting

Ashon Crawley

pp. 85 - 89

Topology of Space of the Independent Scenes in Serbia and Macedonia

Milka Ivanovska Hadjievska, Jasmina Zaloznik

pp. 90 - 95

It’s about Time : Creative placemaking and performance analytics

Sarah Wilbur

pp. 96 - 103

Putting Policy into Performance Studies?

Brandon Woolf

pp. 104 - 111

The Impact Market : The complicity of practitioner-researchers in ‘the spread of the university beyond the university’

Paul Clarke

pp. 112 - 121

Two Live Artists in the Theatre : A Dialogue

Tania El Khoury, Deborah Pearson

pp. 122 - 126

Glossary : ‘On Institutions’

pp. 127 - 133


P.A. Skantze

pp. 134 - 135

Art Storage/Yafka [artist's pages]

Eirene Efstathiou

pp. 136 - 140

Mikey the Rebelator

Stefano Harney, Fred Moten

pp. 141 - 145

Looking à Skantze: the Spectator’s Turn (review)

Nicolas Whybrow

pp. 146 - 148

Notes on Contributors

pp. 149 - 150