This Study Room Guide draws together resources that inform the sometimes disparate and eclectic field of deception and performance. Tom Cassani collated these resources in response to his research and reflections on the themes of Deception, Performance Magic, Hoaxes, Pranks and Tricks. The Guide also contains an accompanying essay which aims to expand the discourse around deception and magic in performance with reference to a curated selection of significant works and artists presenting work that explores these themes.
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Image by Manuel Vason and Tom Cassani.
This Study Room Guide profiles contemporary and historical performance art practices from China in a series of texts and works.Read more
Extensive and comprehensive guide on documentation, live performance and its traces and ghosts,inspired by the documents of the Study Room itself.Read more
This Guide addresses performance and activism, and the strategies that artists have engaged with to address radical cultural, social and political agendas.Read more
This Guide directs you to key artworks and texts in the Study Room (and beyond) in which the artist’s intention is to engage the audience in the work.Read more
Managing the Radical is a project considering the idea of what it means to manage the radical (or radicalise the management) and aims to rethink, reposition, and reimagine how art that operates and thinks ‘differently’ is created, produced, peopled, framed, funded, represented and contextualised.Read more
Responding to a widespread lack of resources on neurodiversity and performance, this Study Room Guide containing a collection of recorded conversations with neurodivergent artists working in Live Art and performance; a list of resources relating to this field and a contextualising essay by the artist Daniel Oliver.Read more
A Study Room Guide considering issues of Performance, Politics, Ethics and Human Rights, in relation to historical and contemporary practices and ideas of representation, documentation and archiving.Read more
Robert Pacitti’s Study Room Guide addresses socially and politically engaged performances that seek to question and transform the institutions of power.Read more
Works that attempt to what possibly lies ahead, be that a city, a forest, a face, a cultural condition, a time, a language, a room or a sky.Read more