Volume 23 Issue 3
Issue editors: Rachel Fensham, Eddie Paterson, & Paul Rae
Publication date: 31 August 2018
On Climates seeks to register the significance of environmental questions at this moment in time, while taking the opportunity to understand what performance thinking has to contribute to patterns of connection, relation and event formation. To think On Climates, is also to consider what it means to be inclimates, to acknowledge how we are marked and situated by the effects of environments and atmospheres on our bodies, histories, and relationships with others. For this issue, we propose an expanded conception of climates: one that draws attention to local conditions – whether these might be cities, towns, oceans, theatres, parks, prisons, farms, and habitats. We foreground a continuing engagement with interlocutors from multiple perspectives that broadly address the question of climates such as: durations and atmospheres; performance events, climate change and theatre; political climates, and innovative intersections between science, performance transactions and embedded experiences in community actions, activist and art events.
Volume 23 Issue 4
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.