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Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain

Artist/Author: Imogen Tyler | Reference: P3156 | ISBN: 978-1848138513 | Type: Publication

Explores the processes through which specific populations are figured as ‘revolting’ as well as the practices through which these populations ‘revolt’ against their subjectification.

Part of the Study Room Guide on Live Art and class and cultural privilege. (P3152)

9.5 Theses on Art and Class : And Other Writings

Artist/Author: Ben Davis | Reference: P3153 | ISBN: 978-1608462681 | Type: Publication

Seeks to show how a clear understanding of class makes sense of what is at stake in a broad number of contemporary art’s most persistent debates, from definitions of political art, to the troubled status of “outsider” and street art, to the question of how we maintain faith in art itself in a dysfunctional world.

Part of the Study Room Guide on Live Art and class and cultural privilege. (P3152)

Fiction Reconstructed: Eastern Europe, Post-Socialism & the Retro-Avant-Garde

Artist/Author: Marina Grzinic | Reference: P3122 | ISBN: 978-3852661537 | Type: Publication

A radical theorization of a particular (Eastern European) position / repoliticization, this book offers a very detailed inquiry into specific Post-Socialist art and media strategies.
Part of the Study Room Guide on Live Art and Displacement (P3107).

‘Illegal’ Traveller: An Auto-Ethnography of Borders

Artist/Author: Shahram Khosravi | Reference: P3126 | ISBN: 978-0230336742 | Type: Publication

Explores the issue of borders and border crossing in the era of globalization and transnationalism, analyzing how the nation-state system regulates movements of people.

Part of the Study Room Guide on Live Art and Displacement (P3107).

Programme for a Proletarian Children’s Theatre

Artist/Author: Walter Benjamin | Reference: A0705 | Type: Article

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Part of the Study Room Guide on Live Art and Kids (P3091).

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

Artist/Author: Gloria Anzaldua | Reference: P3110 | ISBN: 978-1879960855 | Type: Publication

Rooted in Anzaldua’s experience as a Chicana, a lesbian, an activist, and a writer, the essays and poems in this volume profoundly challenge how we think about identity. Borderelands remaps our understanding of what a “border” is, presenting it not as a simple divide between here and there, us and them, but as a psychic, social, and cultural terrain that we inhabit, and that inhabits all of us.
Part of the Study Room Guide on Live Art and Displacement (P3107).

What’s the Use?: Constellations of Art, History and Knowledge - A Critical Reader

Editor: Jorinde Seijdel, Steven Ten Thije, Nick Aikens, Thomas Lange | Reference: P3109 | ISBN: 978-9492095121 | Type: Publication

This publication takes as a starting point the premise that art is best understood in dialogue with the social sphere, and examines how the exchange between art, knowledge and use has historically been set up and played out.
Part of the Study Room Guide on Live Art and Displacement (P3107).

Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation

Artist/Author: Richard Sennett | Reference: P3096 | ISBN: 978-0141022109 | Type: Publication

From Medieval guilds to today’s social networks, Sennett’s book explores the nature of co-operation, why it has become weak and how it can be strengthened.
Part of the Study Room Guide on Live Art and Kids (P3091).

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Artist/Author: Ian White | Editor: Mike Sperlinger | Reference: P3086 | ISBN: 978-0992884055 | Type: Publication

Key critical writings by artist and curator Ian White (1971-2013), ranging from reviews and catalogue essays to entries from his blog Lives of Performers.

herbst: Theorie zur Praxis 2016

Reference: P3048 | Type: Publication

Festival book; unlike a programme, it sets out in search of a different kind of closeness – and finds it through contributions written by programmed artists, artist portraits, theoretical comments dealing with this year's leitmotif, “Wir schaffen das”, essays, reports or series of pictures.

Festival dates: 23 September – 16 October 2015.

In English and German.

In the Flow

Artist/Author: Boris Groys | Reference: P3042 | ISBN: 978-1784783501 | Type: Publication

Groys explores art in the age of the thingless medium, the internet. He claims that if the techniques of mechanical reproduction gave us objects without aura, digital production generates aura without objects, transforming all its materials into vanishing markers of the transitory present.

Performing Borders: A Study Room Guide on physical and conceptual borders within Live Art.

Performing Motherhood: Artistic, Activist, and Everyday Enactments

Editor: Amber E. Kinser, Kryn Freehling-Burton, Terri Hawkes | Reference: P3033 | ISBN: 978-1927335925 | Type: Publication

Highlighting mothers’ lived experiences, this collection examines mothers’ creativity and agency as they perform in everyday life: in mothering, in activism, and in the arts. 

Part of Live Art and Motherhood: A Study Room Guide on Live Art and the Maternal (P3025).

Feminist Art and the Maternal

Artist/Author: Andrea Liss | Reference: P3035 | ISBN: 978-0816646234 | Type: Publication

The first work to critically examine the dilemmas and promises of representing feminist motherhood in contemporary art and visual culture.

Part of Live Art and Motherhood: A Study Room Guide on Live Art and the Maternal (P3025).

Leaky Bodies and Boundaries: Feminism, Postmodernism and (Bio)Ethics

Artist/Author: Margrit Shildrick | Reference: P3036 | ISBN: 978-0415146173 | Type: Publication

A feminist investigation into the marginalization of women within western discourse that denies female moral agency and embodiment.

Part of Live Art and Motherhood: A Study Room Guide on Live Art and the Maternal (P3025).

Singularities: Dance in the Age of Performance

Artist/Author: Andre Lepecki | Reference: P2985 | ISBN: 978-1138907713 | Type: Publication

Lepecki surveys a decade of experimental choreography to uncover the dual meaning of ‘performance’ in the twenty-first century: not just an aesthetic category, but a mode of political power. He demonstrates the enduring ability of performance to critique and subvert this power, examining this relationship through five ‘singularities’ in contemporary dance: thingness, animality, persistence, darkness, and solidity.

So Much Wasted: Hunger, Performance, and the Morbidity of Resistance

Artist/Author: Patrick Anderson | Reference: P2981 | ISBN: 978-0822348283 | Type: Publication

Anderson analyzes self-starvation as a significant mode of staging political arguments across the institutional domains of the clinic, the gallery, and the prison. 

Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979

Editor: Andrew Wilson | Reference: P2975 | ISBN: 978-1849763684 | Type: Publication

The book explores the textual work of Art & Language, Victor Burgin and others; the New Sculpture being produced by those such as Richard Long and Michael Craig-Martin; and the artists who addressed society and politics, including Stephen Willats and Margaret Harrison. 

On the occasion of the eponymous exhibition, April-August 2016.

In Place of a Show

Artist/Author: Augusto Corrieri | Reference: P2963 | ISBN: 978-1474256728 | Type: Publication

An account of Western theatre buildings in the 21st century: theatres stripped of their primary purpose, lying empty, preserved as museums, or demolished. 

Czech Action Art

Artist/Author: Pavlina Morganova | Reference: P2959 | ISBN: 978-8024623177 | Type: Publication

Happenings, Actions, Events, Land Art, Body Art and Performance Art Behind the Iron Curtain 

Action Art, similar to performance art but not requiring an audience, emerged out of the political and social turmoil of the 1960s. Until now this movement has received little critical attention, as the Iron Curtain prevented its dissemination to an international audience.

Part of the Library of Performing Rights (LPR) (P3041).

Testo Junkie : Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic

Artist/Author: Paul B. Preciado | Reference: P2956 | ISBN: 978-1558618374 | Type: Publication

Paul B. Preciado shows the ways in which the synthesis of hormones since the 1950s has fundamentally changed how gender and sexual identity formulated, and how the pharmaceutical and pornography industries are in the business of creating desire. This riveting continuation of Foucault's The History of Sexuality also includes Preciado's diaristic account of his own use of testosterone every day for one year, and its mesmerizing impact on his body as well as his imagination.

Performance and the Global City

Editor: D.J. Hopkins, Kim Solga | Reference: P2955 | ISBN: 978-1137520258 | Type: Publication

The book explores what it means to create and experience urban performance – as both an aesthetic and a political practice – in the burgeoning world where cities are built by globalization and neoliberal capital.

Extraterritorialities in Occupied Worlds

Artist/Author: Ruti Sela and Mayaan Amir | Reference: P2939 | ISBN: 978-0692629437 | Type: Publication

*currently unavailable*

This collection of essays explores contemporary manifestations of extraterritoriality and the diverse ways in which the concept has been put to use in various disciplines. 

herbst: Theorie zur Praxis 2015

Reference: P2933 | Type: Publication

Festival book; it sets out in search of a different kind of closeness – and finds it through contributions written by programmed artists, artist portraits, theoretical comments dealing with the festival’s leitmotif, “Back to the Future”, essays, reports or series of pictures.

Festival dates: 25 September – 18 October 2015.

Performing Animality: Animals in Performance Practice

Editor: Jennifer Parker-Starbuck and Dr Lourdes Orozco | Reference: P2923 | ISBN: 978-1137373120 | Type: Publication

Theoretical and creative interventions into the presence of the animal and ideas of animality in performance.

Audience Participation in Theatre: Aesthetics of the Invitation

Artist/Author: Gareth White | Reference: P2865 | ISBN: 978-1137354631 | Type: Publication

This book presents a theory of audience participation in the theatre, based on the importance of the moment of invitation and how an event changes character when such an invitation is made.

Guy Debord and the Situationist International: Texts and Documents

Editor: Tom Mcdonough | Reference: P2880 | ISBN: 978-0262633000 | Type: Publication

A revised and expanded version of a special issue of the journal October (Winter 1997) that was devoted to the work of the Situationist International (SI). The first section of the issue contained previously unpublished critical texts, and the second section contained translations of primary texts that had previously been unavailable in English. 

Theatre and The Body

Artist/Author: Colette Conroy | Reference: P2883 | ISBN: 978-0230205437 | Type: Publication

Drawing on many examples from contemporary performance, this book is a provocative starting point for understanding the surprisingly complex relationship between theatre and the body. Foreword by Marina Abramovic.

Marcel Duchamp: Artist of the Century

Editor: Rudolf E. Kuenzli and Francis M. Nauman | Reference: P2881 | ISBN: 978-0262610728 | Type: Publication

Elevn illustrated essays explore the structure and meaning of Duchamp's work as part of an ongoing critical enterprise that has just begun. Ranging from the Munich period and the development of the ready-mades to the last work, Etant donnes, they present the latest thinking on Duchamp and his ideas. 

Situationist International Anthology

Editor: Ken Knabb | Reference: P2870 | ISBN: 978-0939682041 | Type: Publication

Generally recognized as the most comprehensive and accurately translated collection of situationist writings in English, this book presents a rich variety of articles, leaflets, graffiti and internal documents, ranging from early experiments in “psychogeography” to lucid analyses of the Watts riot, the Vietnam War, the Prague Spring, the Chinese Cultural Revolution and other crises and upheavals of the sixties.

Anatomy Live: Performance and the Operating Theatre

Editor: Maaike Bleeker | Reference: P2838 | ISBN: 978-9053565162 | Type: Publication

Anatomy Live turns the modern notions of the dissecting table on its head – using anatomical theatre as a means of obtaining a fresh perspective on representations of the body, conceptions of subjectivity, and own knowledge about science and the stage.

Das Superpaper 26

Editor: Superkaleidoscope | Reference: P2861 | Type: Publication

Issue 26 March 2013. Re:Performance; includes photographs, essays and interviews.  Guest Editors: Sarah Mosca and Kim Fasher (Superkaleidoscope).

Schizoproduction: Artistic Research and Performance in the Context of Immanent Capitalism

Artist/Author: Tero Nauha | Reference: P2833 | ISBN: 978-9526670690 | Type: Publication

Written part of a doctoral dissertation, presenting the artistic works (performances, live-art projects and works on video ) and setting them in a larger context. The research presents the transformation that has taken place starting from the industrialism and modernism.

Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance

Artist/Author: Uri McMillan | Reference: P2837 | ISBN: 978-1479852475 | Type: Publication

Tracing a dynamic genealogy of performance from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, Uri McMillan contends that black women artists practiced a purposeful self- objectification, transforming themselves into art objects.

Artist at Work, Proximity of Art and Capitalism

Artist/Author: Bojana Kunst | Reference: P2832 | ISBN: 978-1785350009 | Type: Publication

This book examines the recent changes in the labour of an artist and addresses them from the perspective of performance.

The Origins of Totalitarianism

Artist/Author: Hannah Arendt | Reference: P2842 | ISBN: 978-0156701532 | Type: Publication

Arendt provides a historical account of the forces that crystallized into totalitarianism. The ebb and flow of nineteenth-century anti-Semitism (she deemed the Dreyfus Affair a dress rehearsal for the Final Solution) and the rise of European imperialism, accompanied by the invention of racism as the only possible rationalization for it. 

Framing Feminism

Editor: Rozsika Parker and Griselda Pollock | Reference: P2841 | ISBN: 978-0863581793 | Type: Publication

An introduction to the major events and debated in the early years of feminist art practice. An extensive collection of articles, as well as broadsheets printed in facsimile, illustrate the history and diversity of arguably the most important intervention in modern art. 

This item is part of the 'Glimpses of before: 1970s UK Performance Art' Study Room Guide by Helena Goldwater (P2497)

Claire MacDonald archive

Editor: Claire MacDonald | Reference: P2831 | Type: Publication

Feminist art, writing and performance articles, reviews and interviews on and by Claire MacDonald. In the oversized section. Contents in the attached document. This item is part of the Study Room Guide On shit, piss, blood, sweat and tears by Lois Keidan (P2195)

Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity

Artist/Author: José Esteban Muñoz | Reference: P2806 | ISBN: 978-0814757284 | Type: Publication

Cruising Utopia considers the work of seminal artists and writers such as Andy Warhol, LeRoi Jones, Frank O’Hara, Ray Johnson, Fred Herko, Samuel Delany, and Elizabeth Bishop, alongside contemporary performance and visual artists like Dynasty Handbag, My Barbarian, Luke Dowd, Tony Just, and Kevin McCarty in order to decipher the anticipatory illumination of art and its uncanny ability to open windows to the future.

Revolutionary Time and the Avant Garde

Artist/Author: John Roberts | Reference: P2810 | ISBN: 978-1781689134 | Type: Publication

The first book of its kind to look at the legacy of the avant-garde in relation to the deepening crisis of capitalist non-reproduction.

TransActions#1

Editor: Jim Duignan, Glenn Loughran and Fiona Whelan | Reference: P2802 | Type: Publication

Taking Dublin and Chicago as two contemporary urban sites for exploration, The MA in Socially Engaged Art (Further, Adult and Community Education) at the National College of Art and Design (Dublin) have partnered with Stockyard Institute (Chicago) to explore the physical, geographic and social fabric of the two cities.

Not Just a Mirror: Looking for the Political Theatre of Today

Editor: Florian Malzacher | Reference: P2797 | ISBN: 978-3895813788 | Type: Publication

The publication is comprised of eight essays, two interviews, and 15 case studies of political theatre makers, and investigates the performing arts as a political laboratory of the present. It explores how theatre, dance, and performance reveal their essential agnosticism, provoking the potential to actively change society rather than merely serving as a cover-up for the dysfunctions, fractures, and wounds of society.

Radical Prototypes: Allan Kaprow and the Invention of Happenings

Artist/Author: Judith F. Rodenbeck | Reference: P2798 | ISBN: 978-0262526128 | Type: Publication

Rodenbeck offers a rigorous art historical reading of Kaprow's project and related artworks. She finds that these experiential and experimental works offered not a happy communalism but a strong and canny critique of contemporary sociality. Happenings, she argues, were far more ambivalent, negative, and even creepy than they have been portrayed, either in contemporaneous accounts or in more recent efforts to connect them to contemporary art's participatory strategies.

Playing by the Rules: Alternative Thinking/ Alternative Spaces

Editor: Steven Rand, Heather Kouris | Reference: P2780 | ISBN: 978-1933347431 | Type: Publication

The perceived rules of the development and running of alternative spaces, and where those rules came from, are among the questions answered by the authors. The underlying message in the publication is the importance of critical thinking as well as the need for alternative thinking.