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Title: Reconfiguring the human : the becoming-other of performance
Author: Hurley, Paul Daniel
ISNI:       0000 0004 2698 5338
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2009
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This thesis argues for a revision of formulations of the subject in performance, in both theoretical terms (largely following Deleuze and Guattari) and in practice (through considerations of body art, collaborative and relational performance). Through the contextualisation of my own practice and works of other artists (Abramovic/Ulay, Hsieh and Montano, Beuys, Kulik, Coates). I suggest the radical potential of practical and productive reconfigurations of subjectivity in the field of body-based performance. In an exploration of performance's multiple 'othering' of the human subject, I interrogate notions of authorship, audience, identity and representation and argue for a politically engaged, experimental and enfleshed aesthetic practice. The thesis is structured around six performances of my own, and their presentation, reception and significance within wider theoretical and political frameworks. Chapter One looks at Becoming-snail in relation to Deleuze and Guattari's concepts of nomadism and becoming, as well as Kristeva's notion of abjection and aspects of queer theory. Chapter Two examines Collaborations #1 and #2 (with Manuel Vason) and The Public Love Project (with Kathe Izzo) as performances of collaboration and intersubjectivity. Chapter Three explores ideas around shamanism, ritual and the anomalous in performance, in discussions around Becoming-goat. Chapter Four serves as a conclusion, reflecting on Becoming-locust and on the practical and theoretical work that preceded it in this project. As both the theory and practice have developed interdependently over the course of the project, there has necessarily been something of a feedback loop, of re-evaluating ideas and methodologies through theoretical enquiry as well as through performance. For the purposes of assessment, the written and practical components each represent 50% of the overall submission. Accompanying the written element of the thesis is a DVD containing photographic, video and textual documentation of my performances, which relate and should be viewed as outlined in the Introduction.
Supervisor: Jones, Simon Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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