Performance Research Volume 15 Issue 2


Issue editors: Lada Čale Feldman, Marin Blažević & Ric Allsopp

ISBN: 978-0-415-55683

MISperformance is the first of three issues that Performance Research will produce in association with Performance Studies International, and in collaboration with the annual hosts of the PSI conferences 2009 – 2011. Each issue will respond in different ways to the theme of the conference. PSI#15 (Zagreb, June 2009) asked the question ‘Is misperformance a supplement of the Performance Studies paradigm – a concept, an event, an effect that was always there in various theoretical underpinnings of the discipline, yet somehow never fully at the center of the debate?’ The MISperformance issue provides an insight into the various strands of this reflection, ranging from issues of political misrepresentation, via questions of mis-spectatorship and artistic abstinence, to aberrant pathways of documenting contemporary performance practice, and, well ... downright lies! Alongside the conference theme, PSi#15 introduced the format of ‘Shifts’, experiments at the intersections of various modalities of performative presentations; hybrid collaborative platforms inviting both artists and scholars to jointly (mis)perform in-between conventional modes of making a conference, doing art, being an artist or an activist, being a scholar or a curator. The MISperformance issue will include a DVD following the curatorial strategy and program of the PSI#15 Shifts.

Intro 2: Dramaturgy of Shift(s)(ing)

Marin Blažević

pp. 5 - 11

The School of Sisyphus [artists pages]

Rachel Fensham, Joe Kelleher

pp. 12 - 16

Body Manifold: Mathematics (mis)performed by Vituvian and Acephalic bodies

Nicolás Salazar Sutil

pp. 17 - 22

Art, Sexuality and Images: The legalization of pornography in Denmark

Rune Gade

pp. 23 - 28

Playing More than the Cancer Card

Brian Lobel

pp. 29 - 33

First, Second, Third [artists pages – Abandoned Practices]

Matthew Goulish

pp. 34 - 38

Galileo’s Finger and the Perspiring Waxwork: On death, appearance and the promise of flesh

Sophie Nield

pp. 39 - 43

Fear of Falling: Misperformance and re-enactment in national spectacle

Gunhild Borggreen

pp. 44 - 49

misadventure [artists pages]

Laurie Beth Clark

pp. 50 - 53

Collecting Tears: Remembering the Romani Holocaust

Ioana Szeman

pp. 54 - 59

Remembering Revolutionary Masquerade: Performing insurgency, ambivalent identity and the taboo pleasures of colonial (tres)passing in wartime Vietnam

Rivka Syd Eisner

pp. 60 - 65

Capturing Moments of Misperformance: ‘Local Tales’

Daphna Ben-Shaul, Ruth Kanner, Janelle Reinelt

pp. 66 - 73

The Zoostage as Another Ethical Misfiring: The spectacle of the animal victim in the name of art

Suzana Marjanic

pp. 74 - 79

‘Never Work with Children and Animals’: Risk, mistake and the real in performance

Lourdes Orozco

pp. 80 - 85

Dark Room [artists pages]

Michael Peterson

pp. 86 - 87

Upholstered Realism and ‘The Great Futurist Railroad’: Theatrical ‘train wrecks’ and the return of the repressed

Kyle Gillette

pp. 88 - 93

Performance and its ‘Inappropriate Objects’: Rory Macbeth’s sculptures as performative mis-taking

Marco Pustianaz

pp. 94 - 98

Shifting Shifts [artists pages]

Matthew Fink, P.A. Skantze

pp. 99 - 103

A Culture of Revolt: Misreading laughter’s revenge?

Charlie Fox

pp. 104 - 109

Glitch in the Machine

Mario Vrbancić

pp. 110 - 117

How to Perform Neizvodljivo? [artists pages – Unperformable]

Branislav Jakovljević, Ljubisa Matic, Prelom Kolective

pp. 118 - 122

The ‘Dirty Work’ of the Lie

Bree Hadley, Jelena Rajak, Andrew Filmer

pp. 123 - 129

Notes on Contributors

pp. 130 - 132

PR and PSi: a joint venture

pp. 133 - 133

DVD Contents List

pp. 134 - 134