The performance apparatus: performance and its documentation as ecological practice

Donald, M. (2016) The performance apparatus: performance and its documentation as ecological practice. Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, 20(3), pp. 251-269. (doi: 10.1080/14688417.2016.1191998)

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The essay re-evaluates the relationship between performance and its documentation – particularly in the form of performance scores – as a means of exploring human–non-human, and specifically human–water, interrelations. It does so through reflecting on the interplay between performance and its documentation in my ongoing project, Guddling About, which, I argue, builds on materialist and ecological tendencies in other practices and practitioners that use performance scores, such as Fluxus and Lone Twin. Using Karen Barad’s concept of the ‘apparatus’, I consider the interweaving and reconfiguring of performance and performance documentation as a paradigm that recognises and troubles the paradoxes of performance as an ecological practice, such as the inescapability of human subjectivity and the extent of more-than-human agency. The ‘apparatus’ of Guddling About, I suggest, allows space for (human) accountability in fostering attentiveness and flexibility, while acknowledging and surrendering to the unknowability and unruliness of the universe.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Donald, Professor Minty
Authors: Donald, M.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism
Publisher:Taylor and Francis (Routledge)
ISSN (Online):2168-1414
Published Online:17 June 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Routledge
First Published:First published in Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism 20(3):251-269
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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