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Books: Art Power by Boris Groys

Art has its own power in the world, and is as much a force in the power play of global politics today as it once was in the arena of cold war politics. Art, argues the distinguished theoretician Boris Groys, is hardly a powerless commodity subject to the art market’s fiats of inclusion and exclusion. In Art Power, Groys examines modern and contemporary art according to its ideological function. Art, Groys writes, is produced and brought before the public in two ways — as a commodity and as a tool of political propaganda. In the contemporary art scene, very little attention is paid to the latter function. Arguing for the inclusion of politically motivated art in contemporary art discourse, Groys considers art produced under totalitarianism, Socialism, and post-Communism. He also...

Books: Conversations with Anne Bogart

From one remarkable mind to another, Conversations with Anne documents the series of intimate interviews that theater director Anne Bogart has conducted—before live audiences—with major artists and cultural thinkers at her West Side studio over half a decade. In these extraordinary conversations, Bogart and her guests consider such free-ranging topics as the driving forces in their work, the paths their lives have taken, and their visions for the future of their field. Bogart delves into the daily thoughts of these artists and thinkers whom she most admires—a group that, collectively, has profoundly shaped the arts and artistry in America over the past twenty-five years. Interviewees include: JoAnne Akalaitis, Lee Breuer, Ben Cameron, Martha Clarke, Oskar Eustis, Zelda Fichandler, Richard ...

Books: A Choreographer’s Handbook

We were at Tanz im August Festival in Berlin last week and attended a panel on Dance and Choreography books. A Choreographer’s Handbook was one of the books discussed and we thought we would pass on the information to you. Description: On choreography: “Choreography is a negotiation with the patterns your body is thinking” On rules: “Try breaking the rules on a need to break the rules basis” A Choreographer’s Handbook invites the reader to investigate how and why to make a dance performance. In an inspiring and unusually empowering sequence of stories, ideas and paradoxes, internationally renowned dancer, choreographer and teacher Jonathan Burrows explains how it’s possible to navigate a course through this complex process. It is a stunning reflection on a per...

Books: The Artist’s Body

An Intriguing and Diverse Survey of Some of the Most Important Artists of the Century; New Affordable Format. [amazonify]0714847011[/amazonify]As part of its critically-acclaimed “Themes and Movements” series, THE ARTIST’S BODY is a compelling look at the artists’ use of self and body as object and subject in their work, a movement that represents the state of contemporary art and makes a wider comment on the human condition. Bound or beaten naked or painted, still or spasmodic: the artist lives his or her art publicly in performance or privately in video and photography. Amelia Jones’ survey examines the most significant works in the context of social history and Tracey Warr’s selection of documents combines writings by artists, critics and philosophers...

Books: Devising Performance: A Critical History (Theatre and Performance Practices)

The book charts the development of collaboratively-created performances from the 1950s to the present day. Companies discussed include the Living Theatre, Open Theatre, Australian Performing Group, People Show, Teatro Campesino, Théâtre de Complicité, Legs on the Wall, Forced Entertainment and Third Angel. Against this background of enormous variety, fundamental questions are posed: “What is devised theatre?”; “Why have theatre-makers chosen to devise performances since the 1950s?” and “How has devised performance changed over the last fifty years?” About the Author JANE MILLING has taught devising in the studio and the seminar room at Sheffield and Exeter universities. She is co-author, with Graham Ley, of Modern Theories of Performance (Palgrave, 2001)...

Books: Psychophysical Acting

Psychophysical Acting is a direct address to the demands of contemporary theatre on today’s actor. Drawing on over thirty years of intercultural experience, Phillip Zarrilli aims to equip actors with practical and conceptual tools with which to approach their work. Areas of focus include: an historical overview of a psychophysical approach to acting from Stanislavski to the present acting as an ‘energetics’ of performance applied to a wide range of playwrights: Samuel Beckett, Martin Crimp, Sarah Kane, Kaite O’Reilly and Ota Shogo a system of training though yoga and Asian martial arts that heightens sensory awareness, dynamic energy, and in which body and mind become one practical application of training principles to improvisation exercises. Psychophysical Acting is accompanied by Peter ...

Books: Staging the Screen – The Use of Film and Video in Theatre

The use of film and video is commonplace in contemporary theatre, viewed by some as contaminating theatre’s ‘liveness’, by others as inevitable and desirable. After tracing the history of current approaches back to early practitioners such as Méliès, Painlévé and Piscator, Staging the Screen explores in detail recent productions by Svoboda, the Wooster Group, Forkbeard Fantasy, Forced Entertainment, Station House Opera, and Lepage. It charts the impact of developing technologies and addresses critical issues raised by multi-media and intermedia work. Staging the Screen: The Use of Film and Video in Theatre by: Greg Giesekam Table of Contents: Introduction: Contamination or Remediation? European Pioneers: Magic vs. Realism Polysceicness: Josef Svoboda and Laterna Magika Po...

Books: Move. Choreographing You: Art and Dance Since the 1960s

Move. Choreographing You explores the interaction between visual art and dance since the 1960s. This beautifully illustrated book, published in connection with a major exhibition, focuses on visual artists and choreographers who create sculptures and installations that direct the movements of audiences–making them dancers and active participants. Move shows that choreography is not merely about the notation of movement on paper or in film but about the ways the body inhabits sculpture and installations. The book documents some of the diverse but interconnected ways that visual art and choreography have come together over the past fifty years. Among the artists whose work helped to forge the art-dance connection are Allan Kaprow, Robert Morris, Lygia Clark, Bruce Nauman, Trisha Brown,...

Featured: Reza Abdoh (1963-1995)

Reza Abdoh Reza Abdoh, avant-garde director, playwright, company leader and poet, was born on February 23, 1963 to Ali Abdoh and Homa Oboodi in Teheran, Iran. At the age of seven, he saw Peter Brook’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in London and was deeply affected by it. Although there is some dispute regarding the biographical facts of his life from 1972-1982, it is known that during this period, he lived in England, where he directed Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen around 1977. About 1980, he moved to Los Angeles where he directed numerous plays, including a program called Three Plays by Howard Brenton (1983), Shakespeare’s King Lear (1985), The Farmyard by Franz Xavier Kroetz (1985), The Sound of a Voice and As the Crow Flies by David Henry Hwang (1985). In addition to directing, by...

In Performance: Marathon Performance Series at Fitness Center for Arts and Tactics (Brooklyn, USA)

Marathon Performance Series Dec 10-23, 2012 Fitness Center for Arts and Tactics 1196 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, NY All events are free. The Fitness Center for Arts and Tactics opened last month with an exhibition of drawings, tapes, and comics by Max Eisenberg, best known for his work as DJ Dog Dick and noise projects such as Dog Leather. However, due to the vision of founding performance, video, and sound artist/curator Miles Pflanz, December will see the opening of Fitness’ Marathon Performances series, 14 days of durational, weekday visual arts performances. Between Dec. 10th and Dec. 23rd, fourteen artists will perform marathon works each day between 12 noon and 1pm (with some variations in exact times and lengths). Aimless tourists and flaneurs, the unemployed, and the independent...

Featured: The Institute of Failure

About the Institute Situated on the ungraspable border between deadpan irony and high seriousness, The Institute of Failure dedicates itself to the documentation, study, and theorisation of failure as it occurs in all aspects of human endeavour. Existing as a website and through occasional live presentations, the Institute of Failure is a think-tank whose concerns may be summed up in the following questions: What is failure? How do things fail? Why do things fail? What is the part of failure in the psychic, cultural and social landscape of human-kind? Headed by Tim Etchells (Forced Entertainment) and Matthew Goulish (Goat Island) and backed by a team of Honorary Scholars the Institute aims to map the face of contemporary failure in avowedly cross-disciplinary style, exploring areas such as...

Books: The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance

What is theatre? What is performance? What are their connections and differences? What events, people, practices and ideas have shaped theatre and performance in the twentieth century, and, importantly, where are they heading next? Proposing answers to these big questions, The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance provides an informative and engaging introduction to the significant people, events, concepts and practices that have defined the complementary fields of theatre and performance studies. Including over 120 entries in three easy-to-use, alphabetical sections, this fascinating text presents a wide range of individuals and topics, such as: performance artist Marina Abramovic directors Vsevolod Meyerhold and Robert Wilson The Living Theatre’s Paradise Now the haka multimedia...