Title page for ETD etd-07072008-091901


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Powell, Benjamin Daniel
Author's Email Address powellben@gmail.com
URN etd-07072008-091901
Title Processes and/of Performance: Difference, Memory, and Experimentation.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Communication Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Tracy Stephenson Shaffer Committee Chair
John Protevi Committee Member
Michael Bowman Committee Member
Ruth Laurion Bowman Committee Member
Victoria Johnson Dean's Representative
Keywords
  • Experimentation
  • Performance Art
  • Process Philosophy
Date of Defense 2008-04-01
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This study enacts performance analyses by combining experimental and avant-garde performance practices of artists or art movements such as John Cage, Jerzy Grotowski, Dadaism, and Eugenio Barba with the differential philosophies of Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze. By focusing on the ways that performance practice informs understandings of “the ghost” and différance in Derrida’s theories, and processes of production and experimentation in Deleuze’s, this study examines performance as a process of negotiating practice and theory that continues to produce rather than disappear.

To reinforce the productive capacity of performance, this study looks at three different sites and the processes at work in their development as performance products: the development of the performance The Maidens, the photography exhibit The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult, and Marina Abramović’s performance art series Seven Easy Pieces. Within each of these sites, the processes of experimentation at work in their creation are highlighted to focus performance practice and theory on the multiple variables at work before, during, and after the “event” of performance.

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