Performance Research Volume 20 Issue 2

On Anthropomorphism

Issue editors: Richard Allen and Shaun May

ISSN: 1352-8165 (2015) 20:2

On Anthropomorphism concerns itself with performances and artworks that explore the complex of interesting and mutually contradictory ideas located under the umbrella term, ‘anthropomorphism’. On the one hand, it is used to refer to something that resembles a human, and on the other hand it refers to our natural tendency to read human characteristics in the non-human object or animal. Moreover, an interrogation of the concept of anthropomorphism, especially as it is found in contemporary performance, suggests that there is not a singular line dividing the human from the non-human but a vast terrain that houses the comical, the uncanny and the abject. The aim of this issue is to elucidate anthropomorphism in its multitude of aspects, thereby shedding light on discourses around object theatre and ecological performance that attempt to understand the more-than-human world in a way that goes beyond ‘mere’ anthropomorphism. Image: Landing in the Diorama © Tosh Chiang. Creative Commons Licence

Encountering Anthropomorphism

Richard Allen, Shaun May

pp. 1 - 3

Death and the anthropomorphic life of objects in performance : Marina Abramović’s Nude with Skeleton and other animations

Jungmin Song

pp. 4 - 11

Ephemeral Animation [artist’s pages]

Nenagh Watson

pp. 12 - 17

CREW’s O_REX (2007) and Nicole Beutler’s Antigone (2012) : Composite bodies of resistance

Christel Stalpaert

pp. 18 - 23

A house of weather and a polar bear costume : Ecological anthropomorphism in the work of Fevered Sleep

Lisa Woynarski

pp. 24 - 32

Guddling About : Experiments in vital materialism with particular regard to water [artist’s pages]

Minty Donald

pp. 33 - 38

The critical aesthetics of performing objects – Kris Verdonck

Kristof Van Baarle

pp. 39 - 48

Annotating Room 14 of Mira Schendel at the Tate Modern : In sometey b In some they become the cloud [artist’s pages]

Penny Newell

pp. 49 - 52

Enmeshed bodies, impossible touch : The object-oriented world of Pina Bausch’s Café Müller

João Florêncio

pp. 53 - 59

The ‘uncanny valley’ and spectating animated objects

James R. Hamilton

pp. 60 - 69

Digital anthropomorphism : Performers avatars and chat-bots

Aneta Stojnić

pp. 70 - 77

‘Ceremonious ape!’ : Creaturely poetics and anthropomorphic acts

Joseph Anderton

pp. 78 - 88

Reflections on Dear Mick Jagger … [artist’s pages]

Ffion Jones

pp. 89 - 95

Animals and angels : A scene of abjection in Lush’s shop window in Regent Street

Catherine Rosario

pp. 96 - 101

Hiroshi Sugimoto and the photography of theatre

Kevin Riordan

pp. 102 - 111

Encountering the spectre of painting [artist’s pages]

James Fisher

pp. 112 - 117

Fifty years since Carolee Schneemann’s Meat Joy (1964) (review)

Harriet Curtis

pp. 118 - 120

Notes on Contributors

pp. 121 - 122