Performance Research Volume 25 Issue 3

On Microperformativity

Issue editors: Jens Hauser & Lucie Strecker

ISSN: 1352-8165 (2020) 25:3

This issue aims to scrutinize both the epistemological and aesthetic potential of the notion of ‘microperformativity’. The concept denotes a current trend in theories of performativity and performative artistic practices to destabilize human scales (both spatial and temporal) as the dominant plane of reference and to emphasize biological and technological micro-agencies that relate the invisibility of the microscopic to the incomprehensibility of the macroscopic. Investigations into microperformativity redefine what art, philosophy and the technosciences actually consider a ‘body’ today, in times when performance art shifts towards generalized and pervasive performativity in art. Microperformative positions enquire how artistic methods can engage critically with technologies that exploit life on a microscopic and molecular level to merge bio- and digital media, including for global capitalization. How can performative art and discourses inform these processes to think biopolitics and necropolitics in relation to the dystopia of economy and the utopia of ecology alike? This issue contains contributions on biotechnological performances, physiological processes and micro-gestures, traditional rituals and techniques of craft, on microperformativity seen through the lens of the natural sciences, as well as in economics in times of algorithmic finance and high frequency trading.

Editorial : On Microperformativity

Jens Hauser, Lucie Strecker

pp. 1 - 7

Epistemes of Performativity

Chris Salter

pp. 8 - 11

Microperformativity and Biomediality

Jens Hauser

pp. 12 - 24

Living Ashes : Associated milieus and distributed agencies

Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa, Luis Hernan, Pei-Ying Lin

pp. 25 - 31

Labor : The post-anthropocentric body ‘at work’

Paul Vanouse

pp. 32 - 37

Microorganisms on Stage : Winogradsky columns as performative displays in art and science

Mariana Pérez Bobadilla, Rodrigo Guzmán Serrano

pp. 38 - 44

My Name is Sculpture : For we are many

Thomas Feuerstein

pp. 45 - 49

Non-terrestrial Material Agency

Juan M. Castro, Akihiro Kubota

pp. 50 - 55

Microbial Keywording : Towards material speech acts

Klaus Spiess, Lucie Strecker

pp. 56 - 62

One Suppository : A para-medical insertion [artist’s pages]

K T Zakravsky/Zak Ray

pp. 63 - 64

‘Agency is Everywhere’ : An encounter with Hans-Jörg Rheinberger

Jens Hauser, Lucie Strecker

pp. 65 - 71

Culturing cut : Cyanobacteria against scientific objectivity [artist’s pages]

Hideo Iwasaki

pp. 72 - 73

Exploring the Aesthetic Potential of AMB’s MOC and AAM [artists’ pages]

Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Lioudmila Voropai

pp. 74 - 76

Anatomical Minutiae and Cannular Self-experimentation

Ana María Gómez López

pp. 77 - 82

STILLLEBEN with Symbionts

Irini Athanassakis, David Berry

pp. 83 - 87

Transgenesis as Art, Art as Infection : The case of Adam Zaretsky

Polona Tratnik

pp. 88 - 94

Microbiospherians : Leveraging microbes in biosphere 2

Karmen Franinović, Roman Kirschner

pp. 95 - 103

Neuronal Acts

Chris Salter

pp. 104 - 113

Contingent Claims : The performativity of finance, or how the future materializes in technocapitalism

Gerald Nestler

pp. 114 - 122

(Micro-)Performing Ancient Weaving in the PENELOPE project

Giovanni Fanfani, David Griffiths, Ellen Harlizius-Klück, Annapurna Mamidipudi, Annapurna Mamidipudi, Alex McLean

pp. 123 - 130

Audiencing Slowness : Tiny ontologies and the post-human turn

Joanne 'Bob' Whalley, Lee Miller

pp. 131 - 136

Emersive Microperformativity : On physiological mediation in Yann Marussich’s ‘immobile’ performances

Bernard Andrieu, Anaïs Bernard, Giorgio Cipoletta, Yann Marussich, Yann Marussich, Petrucia da Nobrega

pp. 137 - 144

Genes, Memes and Dots

Nigel Helyer

pp. 145 - 152

Embodiment of Pakshi Kolam : Performing the molecular human

M R Vishnuprasad

pp. 153 - 157

Art and the Microbiome : New places for microperformativity in the work of Art Orienté Objet

Marion Laval-Jeantet

pp. 158 - 163

Speaking with Viruses

Tagny Duff

pp. 164 - 166

Notes on Contributors

pp. 167 - 170