24.7 On Disappearance



Issue editors: Esther Belvis Pons & José A. Sánchez

SKU: 1352-8165 (2019) 24:7 Category:


In these days in which existence is akin to making us visible and we have proneness to mediatized exposure, global unrest gives evidence of how we have condemned our senses to the obvious, noisy and tumultuous. The sovereignty we have granted to the visible is indicative of our ineptitude to respect our lives, account for our history and dismantle Anthropocentrism. It is precisely in this conflicting state of affairs that disappearance emerges as an alternative approach to put critical pressure on the construction of life, as it defies the visual, continuous and iterative forms of representation. Disappearance and its paradoxical manifestations—voluntary or forced—touch off delicate and thoughtful dramaturgies of the isolated, hidden or unconnected. Through its always fragmented and elusive stories and actions, a process of shared ‘attunement’ emerges, providing healing scenarios of dissent. This Performance Research issue brings together international scholars and artists who explore the fragilities of disappearance by acknowledging the effects of our daily ‘performance’ through essays, intimate scenes and provocations.


Esther Belvis Pons

Presence and Disappearance
José A. Sanchez

Landscapes of Disappearance
Edwin Culp

Erasing, Obfuscating and Teasing out from the Shadows : Performing/installing the camps’ (in)visibilities
Beth Weinstein

Disappearing Dance, Dancing Disappearance : On Arkadi Zaides’s choreography Archive
Krassimira Kruschkova

Diffracting Histories of Performance : Participatory practices in the historicization of political performance art
Hélia Marçal

To Dress Up in the Other’s Skin : Presence, absence and intersubjectivity
Maite Garbayo-Maetzu

¿Dónde está Bruno?/Where is Bruno? : Lukas Avendaño’s autobiography as a political act
Alejo Medina

Unexpected Witnesses : An artistic practice from a ‘plurality of ways of knowing’ surrounding political disappearance
Livia Daza-Paris

Testimony of Corporal Print and Traceable Sediments after El puro lugar
Geraldine Lamadrid Guerrero

Constructing Genealogies of Disobedient Performance : Disappearance by/in the media
Anita E. Cherian, Gargi Bharadwaj

Invisible Nature in the Case of Maud Allan
Helen Murphy

Seeping Out : The diminishment of the subject in Hito Steyerl’s How Not to Be Seen
Sebastian Althoff

Documenting Disappearance : A day in the ‘research laboratory’ of Iona and Peter Opie
Michael Eades

Fugitive Dance : Counter-censorship strategies for a disappearing future
Ignacio de Antonio Antón

Art Museums and Audibility : Invisible action and acoustic reporting in Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s Earwitness Theatre (2018)
Georgina Guy

Ixiar Rozas Elizalde

Bodies Reappear as Action : On synthetic voices in performance
Jaume Ferrete-Vázquez

‘Indirect Modes’ of Theatre : Intervals of the presence in Teatro Ojo’s Deus Ex Machina
Rodrigo Parrini, Patricio Villarreal Ávila

From the Sublime to the Ridiculous : Extinction in the work of Marcus Coates
Sarah Wade

Hydroponic Hovering : A speculative narrative of sustainability and the human relationship with the ground
Asli Uludag

Scattered Democratization : Performance in the times of disappearance of attention
Jelena Vesić

Dancing Writing (artists’ pages)
Saz & Dunna

The Image of the Ghost (artists’ pages)
Green & Owens

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