Volume 23 Issue 4
On Reflection : Turning 100
Issue editors: Richard Gough
Publication date: 30 September 2018
This issue of Performance Research will be the centenary anniversary edition of the journal. With the increase of volume output from three issues a year (1996) to four (2002) and then six (2012) and now eight (2017), the 100th issue has rapidly hurtled towards us. To mark this achievement, we are publishing a special expanded edition (a double issue, plus—XXL); we have solicited new articles and artist pages in response to all the previous ninety-nine themes explored by the journal since its inception—from the first issue/theme Temper of the Times (1:1 1996) to the ninety-ninth, On Climates (23:3 2018). The 100th submission, an essay in two parts, is authored by Ric Allsopp and Richard Gough. In terms of the structure of the issue, chronological order is reversed so that we begin with On Climates and run towards Temper of the Times
We approached all of our Editorial Board, former Guest Editors, journal editors of sister publications and artists/scholars who have contributed frequently to Performance Research throughout the last twenty-two years, inviting them to select one theme of the ninety-nine, and write (compose or construct) a new work in response to that theme (not necessarily the contents of the ‘original’ issue). The only condition was that they could not select a theme that they had edited or previously written on. The result is an extraordinary collection of scholarly articles, provocations, artist pages, works for the page, poems and textual montages composed by Performance Research colleagues from around the world—a celebration, in more than 500 pages, of Performance and Research.
Volume 23 Issue 6
Issue editors: Laurie Beth Clark & Michael Peterson
Publication date: 15 October 2018
On Generosity offers critical examinations of the ethics and practices of generosity, as well as generosity’s inherent performativity. Without recourse to a naïve faith in its potential, but also without devolving into cynicism about its limits, this volume takes a fresh look at how generosity appears in performance and how generosity is performed. Contributors analyse practices and discourses of generosity in political and economic interventions, in everyday life, in social practice art and as represented in theatrical performances. Generosity is considered as a performative relation, and the volume includes enquiries into the generosity and generativity that may lie at the heart of performance itself. This is amplified in a special showcase section, ‘Cabinet of Generosities’, which proliferates examples of performance works that engage generosity as practice and as theme.
Volume 23 Issue 7
Issue editors: Stephen Barber & Richard Gough
Publication date: 30 November 2018
Disfiguration involves a distinctive process whereby the body in performance, or an existing artwork, may be subject to an intervention which intentionally overhauls, distorts or betrays it; disfiguration may ‘twist’ the original work, to use the term of the artist Richard Hawkins. The body may also inflict its own disfigurations, and display or project them in performance. This issue opens up ground for original explorations and interrogations of disfiguration as an idea, procedure or entity with an often-intimate and beguiling approach to performance. Disfiguration resonates with seminal bodies of performance work such as those of Antonin Artaud, Tatsumi Hijikata and Ko Murobushi, but also forms a vitally aberrant strand in contemporary performance, including its digital art dimensions. Research into disfiguration may explore the work of theorists such as Bataille, but also entails the formulation of new kinds of corporeal analysis. The essays and artists’ pages in this issue engage with preoccupations with disfiguration in multiple and often-contrary ways. In all of its manifestations, disfiguration marks a transmutation in the status of the body which performances envision, archive, excavate or sound.