In Terms of Performance, A Keywords Anthology

Curating. Duration. Live. Participation. Score. Spectator. How we understand the terms of practice across artistic disciplines can diverge greatly. As practitioners and curators increasingly cross artistic boundaries and borrow among disciplines, the new web-based publication In Terms of Performance provokes dialogue, debate, and discovery in an anthology of keywords designed to generate shared literacies.

Contributors such as Sabine Breitwieser, RoseLee Goldberg, Ralph Lemon, Richard Maxwell, and Catherine Wood share their perspectives from distinct points of departure, with entries that contemplate the relations among visual art, theatrical, choreographic, and performance art practices; the poetry of miscommunication; and the stakes of literacy in our current context of hybrid cultural production.

The anthology is augmented by a series of extended interviews with leading figures in art and performance, including Tim Griffin of the Kitchen, New York; MoMA’s Kathy Halbreich; choreographer and curator Ishmael Houston-Jones; artist William Kentridge; experimental playwright Young Jean Lee; and dancer and choreographer Yvonne Rainer.

As a free online resource, In Terms of Performance is non-linear and richly cross-listed, enabling an unstructured browsing experience in which terms, contributors, and artworks connect intricately in a true web of reference—while inviting new entries to be added in the future. It also allows users to create their own PDF publications, customized to their interests.

The publication is coedited by Shannon Jackson and Paula Marincola and produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia and the Arts Research Center, University of California, Berkeley.

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