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Title: Deconstructing and re-constructing instances of live durational performance art : yellow-re-performed
Author: Coogan, Amanda
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2013
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Live durational performance art practice is the site of investigation for this research project. The event of another human presented for intentional viewing in somatic, non-verbal practice is explored through a phenomenologicallense. The research examines underlying issues by firstly addressing "the cult of personality" in works where the artist is performer and then exploring individual involvement in live performance from both the performer's and audience member's perspectives. This thesis thus examines live durational performance under four categories: Site, Time, Performer and Audience. The research is both a textual and a practical one, with many of the artworks scrutinized stemming from my own work. The practice of an artist as performer is dissected and re-built through a re-performance project; Yellow-Re-pelTormed. This reperformance project is analysed and contextualized within the recently emerged debate surrounding re-performance strategies in performance art practice belonging to visual art. The proposition of re-performance is correlated to appropriation art, with both challenging the status of an original artwork. Through the experience of selected live artworks produced for this research, this study illuminates the complexities and difficulties inherent in this unstable practice. By analysing live performance from an insider's perspective, this thesis contributes to the understanding of the practice of durationallive performance in a gallery context. Interrelating reperformance and appropriation art, the thesis seeks further to demystify the art form and critically proposes re-performance as a strategy of remembering and also for making new live performance art. Through documenting and reflecting on the processes of commissioning and exhibiting performances, as well as briefing re-performers and eliciting inthe- moment responses from participants on all sides, this project can inform future practices and debates. It is my view that it can help gallerybased live performance to be better understood in relation to presence, and the experience of presence in re-performance.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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