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Artists in the Archive


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Paul Clarke, Simon Jones, Nick Kaye and Johanna Linsley, Introduction: inside and outside the archive

Nick Kaye, Liveness and the entanglement with things


1a Janez Janša, Monument G as a call for reconstruction

1b Tim Etchells, Untitled (After Violent Incident)

1c Robin Deacon, Stuart Sherman's Hamlet: a careful misreading

1d Rosemary Butcher and Stefanie Sachsenmaier, Rosemary Butcher: After Kaprow–a visual journey

1e Zhang Huan, Six Questions

1f Adrian Heathfield, The ghost time of transformation.


2a Blast Theory/John Hunter, Jog Shuttler

2b Lin Hixson and Matthew Goulish, Our 18 Beginnings

2c Paul Clarke/Performance Re-enactment Society, Performing art history: non-linear, synchronous and syncopated times in Performance Re-enactment Society’s Group Show (Arnolfini, Bristol 2012)

2d Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Re-enacting the archive: untimely meditations on the use and abuse of repetition

2e Amelia Jones, Archive, repertoire and embodied histories in Não Bustamente’s performative practice

2f Andrew Quick, The patina of performance: documentary practice and the search for origins in The Wooster Group’s Fish Story


3a Mike Pearson, The lesson of anatomy

3b Fiona Templeton, Authority, authorship and authoring in the Theatre of Mistakes

3c Bodies in Flight, Do the Wild Thing! Redux

3d Felix Gmelin, Understanding negative dialectics

3e Johanna Linsley, 9 beginnings: sonic theatrical possibilities and potentialities in the performance archive

3f Maaike Bleeker, Resistance to representation and the fabrication of truth: performance as thought-apparatus


4a Giles Bailey, Talker Catalogue

4b Terry O’Connor, Nothing goes to waste

4c Koh Nguang How, The Singapore Art Archive Project

4d Richard Hancock and Traci Kelly, Playing with shadows and speaking in echoes

4e Claire MacDonald, Performing with ghosts: a talk remembered

4f Simon Jones, The future perfect of the archive: re-thinking performance in the age of third nature

List of contributors



About the Author

Paul Clarke is an artist, theatre director, and Senior Lecturer in Performance Studies at the University of Bristol.

Simon Jones is Professor of Performance at the University of Bristol, a writer and scholar, and founder and co-director of physical theatre company Bodies in Flight.

Nick Kaye is Professor of Performance Studies at the University of Exeter.

Johanna Linsley is an artist, researcher and producer, a founder of the performance/producing collective I’m With You, and a founding partner of documentary arts centre UnionDocs, Brooklyn, NY.

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