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The Last Performance [dot org]: an impossible collaboration

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Abstract:

As the Chicago based performance group Goat Island draw twenty years of beginnings to a close, they open up a myriad of lenses for reflection on, and continuation of, their work through the website project The Last Performance [dot org]. Group and non-group members (friends, audiences) build this collaborative writing project by contributing lenses that respond to the constraints set out by the group.

Focusing on the lenses in the dome at the centre of this project, this article explores the stylistic conventions of contributions, perceptions of authenticity, the promise of community, the impossibility of ending and reasons for ceasing to begin.

Keywords: Collaboration; Goat Island; Lastness; Lenses; Performance

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/jwcp.2.1.15_1

Affiliations: York St John University.

Publication date: 2009-07-01

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  • The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice is the official organ of the Writing Purposefully in Art and Design (Writing PAD) network. It offers art and design institutions an arena in which to explore and develop the notion of thinking through writing as a parallel to visual discourse in art and design practice. The journal aims to extend the debates to all national and international higher educational art and design institutions.
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