20.4 On Institutions



Issue editors: Gigi Argyropoulou and Hypatia Vourloumis

SKU: ISSN: 1352-8165 (2015) 20:4 Category:


On Institutions explores the relation between performance and institutions building on the premise that institutional structures are formed through repeated sets of practices, patterns and relations. Through a performance studies lens that approaches the figure of the institution as verb, this issue considers how institutions are performance and in turn how performance practices may enforce, destabilize and initiate new modes of organisation. Although often read as abstractions of seemingly objective, entrenched and systematic structures, institutions, whether formal or informal, are always social processes. Thus, if institutional constructions and resources are established through repeated modes of action and arrangements, how might certain performance practices constitute radical acts, becomings and socialities, and by extension, potential performances of instituting otherwise? This edition of Performance Research brings to the fore theoretical discourses and artistic production that explicitly negotiate with institutions through experimental praxes from within, through and beyond them.

Settings and Steppings
Gigi Argyropoulou, Hypatia Vourloumis

The Institution between Precarization and Participation
Bojana Kunst

In the Ruins of the University : Institution in personal and public history
Alan Read, Forster & Heighes

We are the Information and its Record (artist’s pages)
Kenneth Pietrobono

The Magic of Artworlds (Three Scenes from Belgrade)
Ana Vujanović

We Can’t Go on Meeting Like This : Notes on affect and post-democratic organization
Simon Bayly

What Theatre Can Do When We Know What is to be Done?
Goran Sergej Pristaš, BADCoEllen Stewart’s La Mama ETC as Lower East Side Landing Site
Hillary Miller

The (Spectral) Lure of the Past : Sadler’s Wells, capital and the institution of dance
Kélina Gotman

Institutional Formations and Artistic Critique in German Ensemble Theatre
Jonas Tinius

Confronting the Institution in Performance : Liberate Tate’s Hidden Figures
Liberate Tate

Otherwise, Instituting
Ashon Crawley

Topology of Space of the Independent Scenes in Serbia and Macedonia
Milka Ivanovska Hadjievska, Jasmina Zaloznik

It’s about Time : Creative placemaking and performance analytics
Sarah Wilbur

Putting Policy into Performance Studies?
Brandon Woolf

The Impact Market : The complicity of practitioner-researchers in ‘the spread of the university beyond the university’
Paul Clarke

Two Live Artists in the Theatre : A Dialogue
Tania El Khoury, Deborah Pearson

Glossary : ‘On Institutions’

P.A. Skantze

Art Storage/Yafka [artist’s pages]
Eirene Efstathiou

Mikey the Rebelator
Stefano Harney, Fred Moten

Looking à Skantze: the Spectator’s Turn (review)
Nicolas Whybrow




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