Environmental Performance

Framing Time

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Abstract

Do ants and grasshoppers perform? Do clouds, plants and melting ice? Do skyscrapers, traffic jams and computer vira? And what happens to our understanding of liveness if that is the case?

This chapter takes ongoing theoretical disputes about the nature of live performance in performance studies as its starting point to investigate liveness within a specific kind of contemporary performance: ‘environmental performances’. Environmental performances are arts practices that take environmental processes as their focus by framing activities of non-human performers such as clouds, wind and weeds - key examples being Francisco López’ La Selva (1998), James Turrell’s Skyspaces (1974-), James Benning’s Ten Skies (2004), Pierre Huyghes Untilled (2012) and Pierre Sauvageots Harmonic Fields (2010).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExperiencing Liveness in Contemporary Performance : Interdisciplinary Perspectives
EditorsMatthew Reason, Anja Mølle Lindelof
Number of pages11
Place of PublicationOxon
PublisherRoutledge
Publication date2017
Pages229-240
Chapter6
ISBN (Print)978-1-13-896159-3
Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesRoutledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies
Number47

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Lindelof, A. M., Schmidt, U., & Svabo, C. (2017). Environmental Performance: Framing Time. In M. Reason, & A. M. Lindelof (Eds.), Experiencing Liveness in Contemporary Performance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (pp. 229-240). Oxon: Routledge. Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies, No. 47
Lindelof, Anja Mølle ; Schmidt, Ulrik ; Svabo, Connie. / Environmental Performance : Framing Time. Experiencing Liveness in Contemporary Performance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. editor / Matthew Reason ; Anja Mølle Lindelof. Oxon : Routledge, 2017. pp. 229-240 (Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies; No. 47).
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Lindelof, AM, Schmidt, U & Svabo, C 2017, Environmental Performance: Framing Time. in M Reason & AM Lindelof (eds), Experiencing Liveness in Contemporary Performance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Routledge, Oxon, Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies, no. 47, pp. 229-240.

Environmental Performance : Framing Time. / Lindelof, Anja Mølle; Schmidt, Ulrik; Svabo, Connie.

Experiencing Liveness in Contemporary Performance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. ed. / Matthew Reason; Anja Mølle Lindelof. Oxon : Routledge, 2017. p. 229-240 (Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies; No. 47).

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Lindelof AM, Schmidt U, Svabo C. Environmental Performance: Framing Time. In Reason M, Lindelof AM, editors, Experiencing Liveness in Contemporary Performance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Oxon: Routledge. 2017. p. 229-240. (Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies; No. 47).