Volume 22 Issue 3
Issue editors: Ben Cranfield & Louise Owen
Publication date: 30 September 2017
On Proximity addresses the affects and politics of forms of closeness and distance in a variety of cultural practices. Prompted by the pervasiveness of performance strategies declaring themselves immersive or participatory, and the fascination with connectivity evident in contemporary curatorial discourse, the issue puts critical pressure on binaries such as passivity/activity, consumption/production, and freedom/control by attending to the plurality of relational positions that are created through cultural practice. The articles in this issue explore how a range of forms and modes of proximity are made manifest in art, theatre and performance in different social and historical contexts. From the dramaturgy of psychosis and the curating of fictional lives, to online intimacies, the social praxis of song, and contemporary political cultures, On Proximity is itself an exercise in exploring the potentialities of bringing diverse subjects, objects and disciplines into closer relation.
Volume 22 Issue 4
Issue editors: Joshua Abrams and Richard Gough
Publication date: 15 October 2017
Taking as a challenge the proverb that there is no disputing about taste, ‘De gustibus non est disputandum’, On Taste brings together a variety of contributors to examine notions of gustatory taste in relation to performance and performativity. Ranging across historical cookbooks, contemporary performance art, home cooking and restaurant dining as well as across varied cultures from throughout the world, the articles in this issue upend relationships of the aesthetics of sense and sensibility, as a means of understanding varying practices through embodied cognition, asking questions about what epistemologies of understanding might gain from a serious contemplation of taste as and in performance.
Volume 22 Issue 5
On the Maternal
Issue editors: Lena Šimić & Emily Underwood-Lee
Publication date: 31 October 2017
On the Maternal addresses maternal aesthetics, (bio)ethics, the posthuman condition, migratory experience across generations, the performativity of objects, ecology and art activism, the politics of birth and nationhood, digital technologies and performance in online spaces, labour and care, and questions of maternal subjectivity. Transnational in scope, with contributions covering work from Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, France, Germany, Puerto Rico, UK, USA, Russia and the former Yugoslav Republic this issue charts the multifaceted work of maternal performance as well as corresponding theoretical approaches across the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, maternal studies, feminist and political theory. The issue asks us to open up new ways of thinking, seeing and feeling the maternal in and through performance practices, exploring alliances between the maternal and (feminist) performance, which both actively embrace notions of vulnerability, risk, interruption, immanence, calls for transcendence, failure, loss, labour, endurance and certain kinds of discomfort, shame and embarrassment in the live encounter.