Performance Art
Fischerspooner: Egos
Fischerspooner
Egos
Hardcover      ISBN: 8862084293

In Fischerspooner's new project, two things remain constant: the physical space--Casey Spooner's apartment--and the cast--the artists and their latest collaborators. Yet the photographs featured in Egos (also the name of their new album) result from many different photographers' approaches to this same material, resulting in wildly divergent but uncannily similar images.

From Acting to Performance: Essays in Modernism and Postmodernism
From Acting to Performance
Essays in Modernism and Postmodernism
Paperback      ISBN: 0415157870
From Acting to Performance collects for the first time major essays by performance theorist and critic Philip Auslander. Together these essays provide a survey of the changes in acting and performance during the crucial transition from the ecstatic theatre of the 1960s to the ironic postmodernism of the 1980s.
Auslander examines performance genres ranging from theatre and dance to performance art and stand-up comedy. In doing so he discusses an impressive line-up of practitioners including Antonin Artaud, Jerzy Grotowski, Peter Brook, Willem Dafoe, the Wooster Group, Augusto Boal, Kate Bornstein, and Orlan.
From Acting to Performance is a must for all students and scholars interested in contemporary theatre and performance.
Gen Atem: Meditated Vandalism
Gen Atem
Meditated Vandalism
Paperback      ISBN: 3775741836

A Zen monk who sprayed graffiti on subway cars, threw paint at celebrities and worked with Rammellzee, Swiss street artist (born 1967) Gen Atem is the wild pioneer of the European urban art movement. His latest work is presented in this book.

Haircuts by Children, and Other Evidence for a New Social Contract
Haircuts by Children, and Other Evidence for a New Social Contract
Paperback      ISBN: 1552453375

We live in an "adultitarian" state, where the rules are based on very adult priorities and understandings of reality. Young people are disenfranchised and powerless; they understand they're subject to an authoritarian regime, whether they buy into it or not. But their unique perspectives also offer incredible potential for engagement and innovation.

Cultural planner and performance director Darren O'Donnell has been collaborating with children for years through his theatre company, Mammalian Diving Reflex; their most well-known piece, Haircuts by Children (exactly what it sounds like) has been performed internationally. O'Donnell suggests that that working with children in the cultural industries in a manner that maintains a large space for their participation can be understood as a pilot for a vision of a very different role for young people in the world - one that the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child considers a "new social contract."

Haircuts by Children is a practical proposal for the inclusion of children in as many realms as possible, not only as an expression of their rights, but as a way to intervene in the world and to disrupt the stark economic inequalities perpetuated by the status quo. Deeply practical and wildly whimsical, Haircuts by Children might actually make total sense.

Darren O'Donnell is an urban cultural planner, novelist, essayist, playwright, director, designer, performer, and the artistic director of the Mammalian Diving Reflex theater company. O'Donnell currently resides in Toronto, Ontario.

I, Carmelita Tropicana: Performing Between Cultures
I, Carmelita Tropicana
Performing Between Cultures
Paperback      ISBN: 0807066036

Alina Troyano's one-woman shows, plays, and essays have astonished audiences and readers with their creativity, humor, and crackling political energy. I, Carmelita Tropicana offers the first comprehensive collection of her work, from "Memorias de la Revoluci n" (with Uzi Parnes) to "Your Kunst is Your Waffen" (with Ela Troyano).

In the Shadow a Shadow: The Work of Joan Jonas
In the Shadow a Shadow
The Work of Joan Jonas
Hardcover      ISBN: 0980024285

One of the most continuously influential figures of the past half century, Joan Jonas was among the first artists to embrace the forms of video, performance and installation. From her beginnings as a sculptor, and her emergence in the New York art and performance scenes of the 1960s and 70s (including the seminal "Vertical Roll" video piece of 1972, in which the titular television malfunction enacted a memorably fractured female identity), up through her six appearances at Documenta and her performance at the Performa 13 biennial, her work has always been surprising, groundbreaking and necessary. This extensively illustrated volume, containing hundreds of full-color photographs, drawings, scripts and diagrams, presents the definitive collection of Jonas' work. The first and authoritative career-spanning monograph of the multimedia pioneer, it covers more than 40 years of performances, films, videos, installations, texts and video sculptures. Art writer Joan Simon has painstakingly researched every one of Jonas' works and includes notes on each piece, along with new and never-before-published writings by the artist that provide extensive background. In the Shadow a Shadow also contains essays by Douglas Crimp, Barbara Clausen and Johanna Burton, and unpublished photographs and drawings from Jonas' archives. With a detailed production and exhibition history of the video and performance works, as well as the first comprehensive bibliography and biography of the artist, this intensively researched and authoritative book documents the range, breadth and depth of one of the most prolifically original artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

New York-born and based, Joan Jonas (born 1936) has taught at UCLA School of the Arts, in Stuttgart, Germany and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she is a professor emerita. She has lived and worked in Greece, Morocco, India, Germany, Holland, Iceland, Poland, Japan, Italy, Hungary and Ireland.
Ivan Moudov: Certificate of Authenticity
Ivan Moudov
Certificate of Authenticity
Paperback      ISBN: 3735602592

During his residency at Tobacna 001 CC in Ljubljana, Bulgarian artist Ivan Moudov (born 1975) developed an interactive exhibition of book pages, each of which reproduced a work by the artist or an accompanying text, written in part by exhibition visitors. The pages are compiled in this artist's book.

James Lee Byars: 1/2: An Autobiography
James Lee Byars: 1/2
An Autobiography
Paperback      ISBN: 3863355113

"I see my autobiography as an arbitrary segment of so many pages of time, of things that I have paid attention to at this point in my life," wrote James Lee Byars (1932-1997) in 1969. He was then 37, about half the average male lifespan at the time, and accordingly thought it appropriate to write his "1/2 autobiography." Byars' art ranged from highly refined objects to extremely minimal performance and events, and books, ephemera and correspondence that he distributed widely among friends and colleagues. Today, more than 15 years after his death, assessments of his art must negotiate Byars' performance of his charismatic self in his life and art. For his first major posthumous survey in the US, exhibition curators Magal Arriola and Peter Eleey decided to produce a catalogue in two "halves," playing on his "1/2 autobiography" a catalogue of the exhibition itself, including new scholarship, and a sourcebook of primary documents. 1/2 an Autobiography, Sourcebook constitutes the latter volume--a reference guide filled with photographs and documents drawn from a variety of archival sources, including The Getty Research Institute, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives, MoMA and Byars' own papers. This volume also includes a series of previously unseen interviews that artist and art historian David Sewell conducted with Byars in the late 1970s in preparation for a book that was never published. These discussions cover a number of Byars' major projects, among them The World Question Center, The Holy Ghost and the artist's time at CERN.

Jared Bark: Photobooth Pieces
Jared Bark
Photobooth Pieces
Paperback      ISBN: 0692499601
Photobooth Pieces brings together for the first time in print a body of work little known or seen for nearly 40 years, by the pioneering American performance artist Jared Bark (born 1944). The selection of pictures in this volume covers a short but intense period of activity that the artist, a leading figure in the New York art world, undertook in his SoHo loft during the first half of the 1970s. These innovative constructions, assembled from photobooth strips, are an important addition to the history of art and photography of that time. The works are all reproduced at full scale and the book includes an essay by art historian Catherine Damman and an interview with the artist by Hannah Howe and Elizabeth Easton.
Jean-Jacques Lebel: Barricades
Jean-Jacques Lebel
Barricades
Paperback      ISBN: 3863356608

Without the work of French artist, poet, publisher, activist and translator Jean-Jacques Lebel (born 1936), the emergence of happenings in 1960s Europe would be hard to imagine. From the very outset of the decade, Lebel was instigating happenings--often politically themed-- in Venice, Milan, London, Paris and New York, as the leading exponent for this new form of performance and a close associate of the Living Theater. In 1979 he founded the Polyphonix Festival, devoted to sound poetry and performance art. This hefty volume provides the most comprehensive overview of the life and oeuvre of this diversely talented figure. At its core are his happenings of the 1960s, all of which are documented with numerous illustrations and analyzed in detail by Alyce Mahon. Lebel's longstanding friend, the philosopher and psychiatrist F lix Guattari, supplies an essay on the artist's methods, and in an extensive interview Lebel discusses the importance of Deleuze and Guattari's concept of the "rhizome" for his work.