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Time-specificity of performance

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This article develops a notion of time-specificity of performance. It begins by taking a temporal approach to performance through the philosophy of Henri Bergson. It looks at three artists/collectives: Tehching Hsieh; Every House Has a Door and Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša. Their practices play with notions of the present, past and future, and by doing so set new terms for a temporal aesthetics of experience. Time-specificity opens up reconsiderations of pivotal notions within performance such as repetition, documentation and freedom.
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Keywords: Every House Has a Door; Henri Bergson; Janez Janša; Tehching Hsieh; duration; evolution; memory; performance

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Royal Holloway, University of London

Publication date: 01 December 2014

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