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Discreet Performances, Anonymous Performances, Virtual Performances, Marco Catalão Oct 2016

Discreet Performances, Anonymous Performances, Virtual Performances, Marco Catalão

PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

Taking as a starting point some performances and actions of Francis Alÿs, Nate Hill and Chris Burden whose categorization as a work of art depends on a critical or narrative discourse about them, this article presents a theoretical discussion about the performative and creative character of the different discourses that are woven around concrete or imaginary artistic actions. The actions that Jacques Lennep groups under the Human Museum heading make even more evident the role of the discoursive elements in the displacement of everyday actions towards the artistic field. Finally, the article unfolds itself in a practical experiment that seeks ...