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An edited collection of conversations between artists exploring the place of live perfomance in a digital world.
How does contemporary performance, an art form based in presence and bodily realities, respond to our increasingly digital and disembodied world? Drawn from DRAFF's six-year print and digital archive, this series of twelve conversations explores experimental contemporary performance that centres on the body.
Topics in the book include: the ambient nature of contemporary warfare; the trial of millennial American whistleblower Reality Winner; the embodied language of autism rights advocate Mel Baggs; UFO origin stories; cultural boycotts in Russia; the practice of self-institutionalisation as a response to hyper-bureaucracy; and the plant world as a viable model for human politics.
Recorded at different times and in different countries, what unfolds through these twelve exchanges is a vision of performance as an antidote to our informationally-saturated contemporary landscape, and a note of urgency about recovering a sense of our bodies in the physical world.
Featured Artists: Tina Satter, Dick Walsh, Action Hero, Philip Connaghton, Maria Nilsson Waller, Aimar Pérez Galí, Sarah Browne, Aoibheann Greenan, Sarah Vanhee, Susanne Kennedy, Manuela Infante, Gary Farrelly, Chris Drier, Suzanne Walsh, Nora Chipaumire, Oona Doherty, José Miguel Jiménez, Chris Haring, Dylan Tighe, Jonah King, Rachel Donnelly, Maïa Nunes, Pussy Riot
Published by DRAFF and Project Arts Centre, through Project Press
180 x 250 mm