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Artists in the Archive
Creative and Curatorial Engagements with Documents of Art and Performance

ISBN 9781138929784
Published June 1, 2018 by Routledge
336 Pages

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Book Description

Artists in the Archive explores the agency and materiality of the archival document through a stunning collection of critical writings and original artworks. It examines the politics and philosophy behind re-using remains, historicising this artistic practice and considering the breadth of ways in which archival materials inform, inflect and influence new works.

Taking a fresh look at the relationships between insider know-how and outsider knowledge, Artists in the Archive opens a vital dialogue between a global range of artists and scholars. It seeks to trouble the distinction between artistic practice and scholarly research, offering disciplinary perspectives from experimental theatre, performance art, choreography and dance, to visual art making, archiving and curating.

Table of Contents

1. Paul Clarke, Simon Jones, Nick Kaye and Johanna Linsley, Introduction: Inside and Outside the Archive

2. Nick Kaye, Liveness and the entanglement with things


3a Janez Janša, Monument G as a call for reconstruction.

3b Tim Etchells, Untitled (After Violent Incident)

3c Robin Deacon, Hamlet: A Careful Misreading

3d Rosemary Butcher and Stefanie Sachsenmaier, After Kaprow: Rosemary Butcher encounters 18 happenings in 6 parts

3e Zhang Huan, Six Questions.

4. Adrian Heathfield, The Ghost Time of Transformation.


5a Blast Theory, Jog Shuttler

5b Lin Hixson and Matthew Goulish, Our 18 Beginnings

5c Paul Clarke/Performance Re-enactment Society, Performing art history: non-linear, synchronous and syncopated times in Performance Re-enactment Society’s Group Show (2012)

5d Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Re-enacting the Archive: untimely meditations on the use and abuse of repetition

6. Amelia Jones, Archive, repertoire and Embodied History in Não Bustamente’s Performative Practice

7. Andrew Quick, The Patina of Performance: Documentary practice and the search for origins in The Wooster Group’s Fish Story


8a Mike Pearson, The Lesson of Anatomy

8b Fiona Templeton, Authority, Authorship and Authoring in the Theatre of Mistakes

8c Bodies in Flight, Do the Wild Thing! Redux

8d Felix Gmelin, Understanding Negative Dialectics

9. Johanna Linsley, 9 beginnings: sonic theatrical possibilities in the Live Art Archives

10. Maaike Bleeker, Resistance to Representation and the Fabrication of Truth: performance as thought-apparatus


11a Giles Bailey, Talker Catalogue

11b Terry O’Connor, Nothing Goes to Waste

11c Koh Nguang How, The Singapore Art Archive Project

11d Richard Hancock and Traci Kelly, Playing with Shadows and

Speaking in Echoes

11e Claire MacDonald, Performing with Ghosts: a talk remembered

12. Simon Jones, The Future Perfect of the Archive: re-thinking performance in the age of third nature.

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Paul Clarke is an artist, theatre director, and Senior Lecturer in Performance Studies at the University of Bristol.

Simon Jones is Professor of Performance at the University of Bristol, a writer and scholar, and founder and co-director of physical theatre company Bodies in Flight.

Nick Kaye is Professor of Performance Studies at the University of Exeter.

Johanna Linsley is an artist, researcher and producer, a founder of the performance/producing collective I’m With You, and a founding partner of documentary arts centre UnionDocs, Brooklyn, NY.