Time-specificity of the future of performance

Nikolas Wakefield

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The future of performance consists of the complexity of an unknown guaranteed rather than the simplicity of a success or failure. This article offers a critique of failure in contemporary performance theory through the philosopher Henri Bergson’s writings on disorder and the art practice of Janez Janša. When the future is considered as an unknown guaranteed, it becomes possible to invent life in the same way that art is created.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-13
Number of pages6
JournalMaska: The Performing Arts Journal
Issue number175-176
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015

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