Performance Research Volume 9 Issue 2

On the Page

Issue editors: Ric Allsopp & Kevin Mount

ISBN: 978-0-415-34738

On the Page considers the future of the printed paper page in its relation to and with performance including work on the material qualities of the page that have endured – pulp, glue, stitching, inking, wood – and those aspects of the page that may bear witness to the 'performance' of the book: page turning, marking, dog-earing, marginalia. It also contains contributions from artists and writers who consider the page as a site of performance and/or its traces, as well as those who consider their work to depend on the page as the key to, or foundry of performance. The issue also contains material from, and reflection on, newer performance media that live at a comfortable distance from print publishing – hypermedia, cybertexts, multimedia, web-based media. The Editors (in collaboration with the Institute for Digital Arts and Technology at the University of Plymouth, UK) have commissioned new work from six UK-based artists and/or groups: Eve Dent, Foreign Investment, Misha Myers, Read/ Write/ Fold Architecture, Victoria de Rijke, and Phillip Warnell & Stephanie Nava. The work is inscribed through varied linked digital media – sonic, video, graphic, page- and screen-based – and forms the DVD supplement that accompanies the issue.


Ric Allsopp, Kevin Mount

pp. 2 - 3

Frontispiece: ‘He continued blinking his eyes and trying to smile…’

Deborah Price

pp. 4

Polished Pages [insert]

Tanja Dabo

Itinerant Pages: The Page as performance pace

Ric Allsopp

pp. 2 - 6

Woman in White Meets Man in Black

Kevin Mount

pp. 7 - 14

Reading (il)legible pages

John Hall

pp. 15 - 23

Drawing a Blank: Picturing nothing on the page

Howard Hollands

pp. 24 - 32

Frontispiece: Supermen

Foreign Investment

pp. 34 - 34

Repulsive Margins

Deborah Price

pp. 36 - 37

Elbowroom + read/ write/ fold architecture

Eve Dent, Arch-Os

pp. 38 - 43

The Light Emitting Organ

Phillip Warnell, Stéphanie Nava

pp. 44 - 51

Forged Inscriptions

Rosy Greaves

pp. 52 - 54

Word for Word

Nick Thurston, Pavel Büchler

pp. 55 - 62

Error Engine

Judd Morrissey, Lori Talley, Lutz Hamel

pp. 63 - 66


Scott de Lahunta, Wayne McGregor, Alan Blackwell

pp. 67 - 72

Supermen: A silent play in 12 scenes

Foreign Investment

pp. 73 - 78

Installation for an unsuspecting home

Jordan Harrison

pp. 79 - 82


Jordan Harrison

pp. 83 - 87


Emmanuelle Waeckerle

pp. 88 - 89

Way from Home [with insert]

Misha Myers, Dan Harris

pp. 90 - 91

Frontispiece: 'Reading a Polished Page'

John Hall

pp. 92 - 92

Writing to Vanish: Etienne Decroux's eclipse of corporeality

Franz Anton Cramer

pp. 94 - 98

Visual Poetry as Performance

Ian Davidson

pp. 99 - 107

Torah Pages

Robyn Sassen

pp. 108 - 117

The Crystal Ball

Joshua Sofaer

pp. 118 - 131

The Grain of Duck's Voice

Dr Quack

pp. 132 - 141

Beyond the Genius of the Sea: The theatre of the natural unconscious

Anthony Kubiak

pp. 142 - 150

Book Review: Turning over an Old Leaf

William H. Sherman

pp. 151 - 154


Simon Zimmerman

pp. 155 - 160

Notes on Contributors

pp. 161 - 163

DVD Contents

pp. 164