'Performing Archives/Archives of Performance contributes to the ongoing critical discussions of performance and its disappearance, of the ephemeral and its reproduction, of archives and mediatised recordings of liveness.

The many contributions by excellent scholars and artists from a broad range of interdisciplinary fields as well as from various locations in research geographies demonstrate that despite the extensive discourse on the relationship between performance and the archive, inquiry into the productive tensions between ephemerality and permanence is by no means outdated or exhausted. New ways of understanding archives, history, and memory emerge and address theories of enactment and intervention, while concepts of performance constantly proliferate and enable a critical focus on archival residue. The contributions in Performing Archives/Archives of Performance cover philosophical inquiries as well as discussions of specific art works, performances, and archives. - from publisher's website

The anthology is divided into three sections: Ontologies, Archives of Performance, and Performing Archives. Ontologies contains essays which continue or revisit the discussions of performance ontology. Archives of Performance contains a group of articles addressing art projects that challenge the archive from within. The final section explore the notion of 'performing archives' where the archive is transformed into a dynamic and self-reflective medium that challenges its own ontology.

Includes select bibliography and biographies of contributors.

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Introduction: The Archive in Performance Studies - Gunhild BORGGREEN, Rune GADE

I: Ontologies

Archiving Legacies: Who Cares for Performance Remains? - Heike ROMS

Unpredictable Temporalities: The Body and Performance in (Art) History - Amelia JONES

Unstable Archives: Languages and Myths of the Visible - Julie Louise BACON

This Way Brouwn: The Archive—Present, Past, and Future - Peter VAN DER MEIJDEN

“All This is Left”: Performing and Reperforming Archives of Khmer Rouge Violence - Emma WILLIS

Living Archives as Interventions in Ea Sola’s Forgotten Fields - Rivka Syd EISNER

Choreographic Archives: Towards an Ontology of Movement Images - Rachel FENSHAM

Dance Encounters Online: Digital Archives and Performance - Sarah WHATLEY

Performance, Again: Resuscitating the Repertoire - Tracy C. DAVIS, Barnaby KING

The Archive Is Here and Now: Reframing Political Events as Theatre - Laura Luise SCHULTZ

II: Archives of Performance

Remembering Istanbul: What, How & for Whom? Canons and Archives in Contemporary Art Biennialisation - Malene Vest HANSEN

Performing and Deforming the Family Archive - Mette SANDBYE

The Performative Uses of the Surveillance Archive in Manu Luksch’s Works - Bodil Marie Stavning THOMSEN

Sombra Dolorosa (Guy Maddin, 2004): A Queer Archival Performance - Margherita SPRIO

Undercover by Hotel Pro Forma, Performing the National Archive: Staging Cultural Heritage at the Royal Library in Copenhagen - Annelis KUHLMANN

Flexowriters, Punch Paper Poetry, and Ontological Gaps: What happened to the Unheard Avant-Gardes? - Morten SONDERGAARD

Staging the Self (Transformations, Invasions, and Pushing Boundaries) - Martha WILSON

Archives and the Performance of Becoming “Other” - Catherine BAGNALL

III: Performing Archives

Performing the Archive: The Future of the Past - Paul CLARKE

Performing Histories: Archiving Practices of Rimini Protokoll and The Atlas Group - Solveig GADE

Archives of Secrecy: Yoshiko Shimada’s Art Project Bones in Tansu—Family Secrets - Gunhild BORGGREEN

Labor of Love: Contesting Normative Urbanisation in Marianna Jørgensen’s love alley - Rune GADE

Escaping the Fortress of Memory: Archive Pathology in Lindsay Seers’s Art - Louise WOLTHERS

The Trouble with Straight Time: Disruptive Anachronisms in Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz’s N.O. Body - Mathias DANBOLT

Un/archive - Marco PUSTIANAZ

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