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A New Anthology, ‘In Terms of Performance,’ Explores the Keywords of Contemporary Cultural Practice

Co-edited by Shannon Jackson and Paula Marincola, the anthology is produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia and the Arts Research Center, University of California, Berkeley.

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Jérôme Bel, Le dernier spectacle (The last performance), 1998. Photo by Herman Sorgeloos.

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How we understand the terms of practice across artistic disciplines can diverge greatly. As practitioners and curators increasingly cross artistic boundaries and borrow among disciplines, the new, free web-based publication In Terms of Performance provokes dialogue, debate, and discovery in an anthology of keywords designed to generate shared literacies. Co-edited by Shannon Jackson and Paula Marincola, the anthology is produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia and the Arts Research Center, University of California, Berkeley.

In Terms of Performance features over 50 prominent artists, curators, presenters, and scholars. Contributors include Judith Butler, Sabine Breitwieser, Simon Dove, Malik Gaines, RoseLee Goldberg, Jens Hoffmann, Ralph Lemon, and Catherine Wood who offer their distinct perspectives in essays that reflect on common yet contested terms, the poetry of miscommunication, and the stakes of literacy in our current context of hybrid cultural production.

“The impulse underlying this project is a generative one, and can be applied to so many kinds of cultural practice. It’s really a reflection of how much is at stake in the language we use around any practice, cultural or non,” says Paula Marincola in the anthology’s introductory conversation with co-editor Shannon Jackson.

The comprehensively cross-listed and image-rich anthology features interviews with leading figures in art and performance, including Tim Griffin of the Kitchen, New York; MoMA’s Kathy Halbreich; choreographer and curator Ishmael Houston-Jones; artist William Kentridge; experimental playwright Young Jean Lee; and dancer and choreographer Yvonne Rainer.

Explore InTermsOfPerformance.site for more.