1st Edition

A Sourcebook of Performance Labor Activators, Activists, Archives, All

By Joey Orr Copyright 2023
    196 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    A Sourcebook of Performance Labor presents the views and experiences of collaborators in other artists’ works.

    This book reorients well-known works of contemporary performance and social practice around the workers who have shaped, enacted, and supported them. It emerges from perspectives on maintenance, care, affective labor, and the knowledges created and preserved through gesture and intersubjectivity. This compilation of interviews is filled with the voices of collaborators in notable works attributed to established contemporary artists, including Francis Alÿs, Tania Bruguera, Suzanne Lacy, Ernesto Pujol, Asad Raza, Dread Scott, and Tino Sehgal. In the spirit of the artworks under discussion, this book reinvests in the possibilities for art as a collective effort to explore new ways of finding ourselves in others and others in ourselves. The Sourcebook collection is a contribution for further theorizing a largely unaddressed perspective in contemporary art.

    This collection will be of great interest to students and scholars in performance studies and art history.


    An Introduction to the Sourcebook

    Part I: Asad Raza and Tino Sehgal

    Chapter 1: Rafay Rashid

    Chapter 2: Asad Raza

    Chapter 3: Louise Höjer

    Part II: Ernesto Pujol

    Chapter 4: Joy Whalen

    Chapter 5: Kate Harding

    Part III: Suzanne Lacy

    Chapter 6: Regina Mouton

    Chapter 7: Carol Leigh

    Part IV: Francis Alӱs

    Chapter 8: Richard Perales

    Chapter 9: Rafael Ortega

    Part V: Dread Scott

    Chapter 10: Jordan Rome

    Chapter 11: Cephus X. and Beatrice X. Johnson (Uncle Bobby and Aunt B)

    Part VI: Tania Bruguera

    Chapter 12: Rudy Gerson

    Chapter 13: Kyle Carrero Lopez and Rudy Gerson



    Joey Orr is the Mellon Curator for Research at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas where he directs Arts Research Integration.