Performance Research Volume 19 Issue 5

On Turbulence

Issue editors: Paul Carter

ISSN: 1352-8165 (2014) 19:5

On Turbulence explores the challenges of complexity in performance. Turbulence is associated with open systems, with networks; it is not simply a ‘complex and unpredictable cultural or physical environment.’ It is the phenomenon of feedback: or, more exactly, it is the self-conscious awareness of the power of feedback mechanisms to inaugurate new behaviours. It is associated with changes of state that appear spontaneous (or unscripted)because they respond to or interact with surface phenomena in real time. As a property of fluid transformation, turbulence is a physical phenomenon but also a psycho-social one. Its foregrounding as a creative principle emancipates the performer, the dramaturge and the audience, but in ways that may bring into question the viability of representations as such. Inevitably, the transgressive or boundary-dissolving character of turbulent formations has political implications: the middle ground between bodies is reconfigured but so is the ownership of the public domain. The ambition of the issue is to build new dialogues between the digital arts and the analog arts and between both of these and the sciences (with particular reference to the ecological sciences whose attributes of creativity, growth, mutation and transformation form such an obvious parallel with the kinds of aesthetic effect that many contemporary practitioners strive to achieve).

Touchez – The Poetics of Turbulence

Paul Carter

pp. 1 - 6

On turbulence : In between mathematics and performance

Telma João Santos

pp. 7 - 12

The Turbulence Project : Touching cities, visual tactility and windows

Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren

pp. 13 - 21

Transference and Transition in Systems of Dance Generation

Pil Hansen, Karen Kaeja, Ame Henderson

pp. 23 - 33

Flash mobs, violence and the turbulent crowd

Christian DuComb, Jessica Benmen

pp. 34 - 40

Auguries of discord : Protest, activism and the swarm

James Riley

pp. 41 - 48

Turbulent Rhetorics in Keith Hennessy’s Turbulence: A Dance About the Economy

Lynette Hunter

pp. 49 - 55

A Choreographer’s Notes on Making a Dance about the Economy

Keith Hennessy

pp. 56 - 60

Performing the Paradox of Affect and Interpretation : Turbulence in Vertical City

Bruce Barton

pp. 61 - 68

Absent Audiences : Circuit-bending the feedback loop

Pedro Manuel

pp. 69 - 76

‘The Haunting’ : Screened stages and turbulent collisions

Rachel Joseph

pp. 77 - 81

The Self/portrait Effects and Dance Performance : Rineke Dijkstra’s The Krazyhouse and William Forsythe’s the second detail

Tamara Tomić-Vajagić

pp. 82 - 92

Scoring Storms : The chaotic air that does resist

Ella Finer

pp. 93 - 98

Aquabatics : A post-turbulent performance in water

Sarah Jane Pell

pp. 99 - 108

Performance in the Blockades of Neoliberalism: Thinking the Political Anew by Maurya Wickstrom (review)

Adam Alston

pp. 109 - 111

Performance and the Global City edited by D. J. Hopkins and Kim Solga (review)

Melissa Poll

pp. 112 - 114

Performing Exile, Performing Self: Drama, theatre, film by Yana Meerzon (review)

Freddie Rokem

pp. 115 - 116

Notes on Contributors

pp. 117 - 118