Performance on the Edge: Transformations of Culture by Johannes H. Birringer

By Johannes H. Birringer

Functionality at the facet takes the reader on a trip throughout geographical borders and conceptual barriers with a view to map out the recent territory of latest theatre, dance, media arts and activism. operating throughout social, cultural and political fault traces, the ebook explores functionality as either procedure and get in touch with, because the dedication to political activism and the reconstruction of group, as site-specific intervention into the social and technological constructions of abandonment, and because the hugely charged embodiment of erotic fantasies. functionality at the area addresses the politics of community-oriented and reconstructive artmaking in an period marked via the AIDS trouble, cultural and racial polarization, war, separatism and xenophobia. Provocatively illustrated with paintings from North and important the USA and japanese and Western Europe, the booklet demanding situations our assumptions concerning the relatives among media and activism, technological imperatives and social strategies and physically identities and digital groups.

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This framework is an extension of the historical metropolitan– colonial paradigm, and the current scholarly and curatorial attention lavished upon multiculturalism produces the dangerous illusion that cultural differences are not only celebrated and appropriated as objects constructed within academic discourse but also negotiated and embraced in a struggle for economic and political equality. The current promotion of ‘border art’ and the rhetoric of multiculturalism create a paradoxical situation in which racial, ethnic, or cultural INTRODUCTION 13 difference is something that is sought after and, frequently, celebrated on the stages and in the museums of the North.

Making contact with a partner, INTRODUCTION 21 moving together in the group, exploring the spiritual and energetic force of the circle and of the trust built through touch and sensory contact (not based exclusively on vision), we learn to challenge ourselves without competition. It is a matter of listening to other bodies that move us, and of noticing the boundaries that separate/connect us. The contact work is about the permeability of our weight. It heightens the sensibilities of the skin. The workshop also provides an opportunity to examine the effects of various contrasting discourses and practices on our bodily experience and on the body’s representations in contemporary live art, as well as in the recording technologies that dominate Western culture reproduction.

It heightens the sensibilities of the skin. The workshop also provides an opportunity to examine the effects of various contrasting discourses and practices on our bodily experience and on the body’s representations in contemporary live art, as well as in the recording technologies that dominate Western culture reproduction. The work therefore also involves a willingness to play with our own recorded images. We are always seeing things, but our fantasies are not hysterical. They drift along with the intensities of our bodies that desire to feel themselves again.

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