Performance Research Volume 22 Issue 3

On Proximity

Issue editors: Ben Cranfield & Louise Owen

ISSN: 1352-8165 (2017) 22:3

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.


Ben Cranfield, Louise Owen

pp. 1 - 6

Performing ‘Posthuman’ Spectatorship : Digital proximity and variable agencies

William W. Lewis

pp. 7 - 14

The Aura of the Aural

Ella Finer

pp. 15 - 19

Man Digs Pond : Performing social labour as a poetics of dwelling

Bruno Roubicek

pp. 20 - 22

Proximity and the Viewer in Contemporary Curating Practices

Deborah Schultz

pp. 23 - 29

The Ethics of Mislocalized Selfhood : Proprioceptive drifting towards the virtual other

Liam Jarvis

pp. 30 - 37

More than Touching with the Eyes : Proximity and puppet-theatre-for-one

Caroline Astell-Burt

pp. 38 - 41

Governing by Proximity : On distance and proximity in the criminal trial

Erik Mattsson

pp. 42 - 48

A Director in Search of a Narrative : Reality-testing in Katie Mitchell’s Cleansed

Leah Sidi

pp. 49 - 56

Intimate Listening

Peader Kirk, Teoma J. Naccarato, John MacCallum

pp. 57 - 60

Wheatcroft and Whythorne’s ‘Passports in Rhyme’ : Place in seventeenth-century village performance

Susan Wiseman

pp. 61 - 68

Getting Up-close and Personal with Aunt May and Uncle Jim : Some thoughts on how to deal with your audience in the 1960s

Patrick van Rossem

pp. 69 - 76

Some Bodies : Distance, separation and ambivalence in Nicola Conibere’s Assembly

Nicola Conibere

pp. 77 - 84

A Manifesto to Decolonise Walking : Approximate steps


pp. 85 - 88

Proximity and Dissonance in Internet-situated Performance : Rhiannon Armstrong’s International Archive of Things Left Unsaid and Jane Frances Dunlop’s charisma (for jbm & ml)

Jane Frances Dunlop

pp. 89 - 97

You, The Public : Grammars of address in Stewart Lee’s stand-up

Emma Bennett

pp. 98 - 104

‘When “Lady in Red” Plays, Dance with the Person Next to You’ : The politics of proximity in Kim Noble’s You’re Not Alone

Poppy Corbett

pp. 105 - 113

The Ballad of Isosceles

Alison E. Matthews

pp. 114 - 117

Mind the Gap : Unfolding the proximities of the curatorial

Ben Cranfield

pp. 118 - 126

The Trump is Present

Tony Perucci

pp. 127 - 135

The Way You Look (at me) Tonight (review)

So-Rim Lee

pp. 136 - 137

Decoding the Political Implications of Immersive Theatre (review)

Jenny Roche

pp. 138 - 140

Notes on Contributors

pp. 141 - 142