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Unlimited action: The performance of extremity in the 1970s

Dominic Johnson

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780719091605
eISBN:
9781526141958
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091605.001.0001
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

Unlimited action concerns the limits imposed upon art and life, and the means by which artists have exposed, refused, or otherwise reshaped the horizon of aesthetics and of the practice of art, by ... More


Introduction: Performance – action – extremity

Dominic Johnson

in Unlimited action: The performance of extremity in the 1970s

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780719091605
eISBN:
9781526141958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091605.003.0001
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

The introduction defines and contextualises the performance of extremity. If extremity assumes a limit, what might be made of the borders, gaps or ruptures between art and its purported outsides? The ... More


The dirtying intention

Dominic Johnson

in Unlimited action: The performance of extremity in the 1970s

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780719091605
eISBN:
9781526141958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091605.003.0004
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

Genesis P-Orridge has been a controversial figure in British art since the late 1960s. This chapter explores the national scandal of the Mail Action (1976), a performance at Highbury Corner ... More


Impossible things

Dominic Johnson

in Unlimited action: The performance of extremity in the 1970s

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780719091605
eISBN:
9781526141958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091605.003.0005
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

Since the late 1960s, Anne Bean’s performances, public interventions, drawings, videos and writings have been actively pursued as a ‘continuum’, and she strives to diminish the distinctiveness or ... More


The preferred ordeal

Dominic Johnson

in Unlimited action: The performance of extremity in the 1970s

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780719091605
eISBN:
9781526141958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091605.003.0002
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

An Eight Day Passage (1977) is an exemplary example of a performance of extremity. This chapter looks at Kerry Trengove’s landmark performance of endurance, in which the artist was bricked into a ... More


A criminal touch

Dominic Johnson

in Unlimited action: The performance of extremity in the 1970s

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780719091605
eISBN:
9781526141958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091605.003.0003
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

In 1976, Ulay undertook an exemplary performance of extremity by stealing ‘Germany’s favourite painting’, namely Carl Spitzweg’s The Poor Poet (1839). This chapter discusses the action at length in ... More


The gestures of participatory art

Sruti Bala

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526100771
eISBN:
9781526138927
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526100771.001.0001
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

The gestures of participatory art offers a critical investigation of key debates in relation to participatory art, spanning the domains of applied and community theatre, immersive performance as well ... More


The art of sabotage

Dominic Johnson

in Unlimited action: The performance of extremity in the 1970s

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780719091605
eISBN:
9781526141958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091605.003.0006
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

From the early 1970s, the Kipper Kids (Harry Kipper and Harry Kipper, aka Brian Routh and Martin Von Haselberg) became notorious for the danger, excess, strangeness, and baffled hilarity of their ... More


Conclusion: Reckless people

Dominic Johnson

in Unlimited action: The performance of extremity in the 1970s

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780719091605
eISBN:
9781526141958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091605.003.0007
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

The conclusion brings together underlying themes of the preceding chapters, under the conceptual problems posed by recklessness and impossibility as cultural logics. The reckless and the impossible ... More


Cutting Skin: Ron Athey’s (A.D. 1994)

Doug Bailey

in Breaking the Surface: An Art/Archaeology of Prehistoric Architecture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190611873
eISBN:
9780190611903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190611873.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Non-Classical

This chapter provides a detailed description, discussion, and interpretation of the performance artist Ron Athey’s 1994 show 4 Scenes in a Harsh Life, and the controversy that it caused at local, ... More


Non-lieux de mémoire: Maps and Graffiti in the Scriptable City

Lia Brozgal

in Absent the Archive: Cultural Traces of a Massacre in Paris, 17 October 1961

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781789622386
eISBN:
9781800341289
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789622386.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter explores the intersection of spatial practices, the representation of urban space, and the way both of these interact with the visibility of October 17 and its inscriptions (or lack ... More


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