17.1 On Failure



Issue editors: Róisín O’Gorman & Margaret Werry

SKU: 1352-8165 (2012) 17:1 Category:


To speak of failure is to invite stigma; yet failure saturates our lives, shapes our experience and delineates the contours of our institutions. This special issue aims to face failure head on, to study, theorize, even cultivate it, to see if performance might provide us with a metaphor and methodology for failure. Focusing in particular on pedagogy, these essays, dialogues, ethnographies and theoretical reflections tap the analytic power of failure to chart the social, political, and affective terrain in which we teach and perform. For these authors, failure is neither a dead end nor a pit stop on the path to success, but a generative, subversive force.


On Failure (On Pedagogy): Editorial Introduction
Róisín O’Gorman, Margaret Werry
pp. 1 – 8
[artist’s Images]
Vlatka Horvat
pp. 2 – 7
Navigation, Nuance And Half/Angel’s Knitting Map: A Series Of Navigational Directions
Jools Gilson
pp. 9 – 20
Four More Years Of Economics #9 And #10: Homo Bulla – The Ethics And Aesthetics Of Failure, And After The Jungle – Murder Mystery: An Economics And Performance Letter-Writing Project
Abhay Ghiara, Matthew Goulish
pp. 21 – 32
In The Silences: A Text With Very Many Digressions And Forty-Three Footnotes Concerning The Process Of Making Performance
Tim Etchells
pp. 33 – 37
Casual Racism And Stuttering Failures: An Ethics For Classroom Engagement
Jill Dolan
pp. 38 – 46
Embracing Failure Though Performative Pedagogy: A Report From The Margins
Jocelyn Mckinnon, Sean Lowry
pp. 47 – 50
Crash Knowledge: Pretending To Be A Professor Who Fails
Ricardo Dominguez
pp. 51 – 58
[artist’s Images]
Vlatka Horvat
pp. 58
Stupid, Paranoid, Wonderful: Staging Non-Knowledges In The Pedagogical Encounter
Johanna Linsley
pp. 59 – 67
Unpicking Stage Deixis: The Chairs And The Aesthetics Of Failure
Cormac Power
pp. 68 – 76
The Rake’s Progress: A Series Of Drawings Of The Fall Into The Academic Well Or The Sorry Attempt To Enlighten The Undergraduate Mind [artist’s Pages]
Michael Sommers
pp. 77 – 78
Failure As Success: On Clowns And Laughing Bodies
Eric Weitz
pp. 79 – 87
When Failure Means Success: Music, Movement, Ritual And Facilitation With Middle East Youth And Ucla Students : a dialogue with Sonja Arsham Kuftinec
John Wesley Days Jr
pp. 88 – 96
Freedom To Fail: The Unintended Consequences Of A Prison Drama
David Grant, with J.M. Crossan
pp. 97 – 100
On Failing Failure: A Letter To Margaret Werry
Rustom Barucha
pp. 101 – 104
The Anatomy Of Failure: An Inventory
Margaret Werry, Róisín O’Gorman
pp. 105 – 112
[artist’s Images]
Vlatka Horvat
pp. 111 – 112
One Night In Motley Cow: Grotowski And Nietzsche
Murray Edmond
pp. 113 – 125
Anti 2011, Kuopio, Finland: 27 September – 2 October 2011
David Williams
pp. 126 – 132
Notes On Contributors
pp. 133 – 134

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