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Macmillan Higher Education

The Art of Living

An Oral History of Performance Art

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Palgrave

Pages: 320
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Hardcover - 9781137322210

21 August 2015

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21 August 2015

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16 September 2017

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Across a series of twelve in-depth interviews with a diverse range of major artists, Dominic Johnson presents a new oral history of performance art. From uses of body modification and physical extremity, to the creation of...

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Across a series of twelve in-depth interviews with a diverse range of major artists, Dominic Johnson presents a new oral history of performance art. From uses of body modification and physical extremity, to the creation of all-encompassing personae, to performance pieces lasting months or years, these artists have provoked and explored the vital limits between art and life. Their discussions with Johnson give us a glimpse of their artistic motivations, preoccupations, processes, and contexts. Despite the diversity of art forms and experiences featured, common threads weave between the interviews: love, friendship, commitment, death and survival.

Each interview is preceded by an overview of the artist's work, and the volume itself is introduced by a thoughtful critical essay on performance art and oral history. The conversational tone of the interviews renders complex ideas and theoretical propositions accessible, making this an ideal book for students of Theatre and Performance, as well as for artists, scholars and general readers.

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Privileges the work of major artists who have been marginalised and overlooked by scholarship to date
Explores a broad variety of cuttingedge performance work from 1970 to the present day
Accessible and engaging, it is a good entry point into performance art

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. The Escape Artist: An Interview with Ulay
2. Hiding in Plain Sight: An Interview with Anne Bean
3. Boxing Clever: An Interview with Kipper Kids
4. Positive Surrender: An Interview with BREYER P-ORRIDGE
5. Slave to Love: An Interview with Sheree Rose
6. The Designated Mourner: An Interview with Penny Arcade
7. Capricorn on Fire: An Interview with Ann Magnuson
8. The Accidental Goddess: An Interview with Joey Arias
9. Perverse Martyrologies: An Interview with Ron Athey
10. The Skin of the Theatre: An Interview with Julia Bardsley
11. You Made Me Love You: An Interview with David Hoyle
12: Held: An Interview with Adrian Howells
Epilogue
Further Reading
Bibliography.

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Dominic Johnson is Senior Lecturer in Drama at Queen Mary, University of London. He is Assistant Editor of Contemporary Theatre Review and is the author of Glorious Catastrophe: Jack Smith, Performance and Visual Culture and Theatre and the Visual.

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Dominic Johnson is Senior Lecturer in Drama at Queen Mary, University of London. He is Assistant Editor of Contemporary Theatre Review and is the author of Glorious Catastrophe: Jack Smith, Performance and Visual Culture and Theatre and the Visual.

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