I'm an artist, educator and activist particularly interested in learning from tactics, props and gestures used as protests. I use this blog as a platform to archive and communicate examples of what I call 'gestures of defiance'-exciting, urgent and relevant actions that link protest histories and present radical potentials. On this blog I'm simply compiling and reposting examples I find as they happen. Months may go by with out a post but the blog as an archive is still active.
What limits are imposed on performance, whether actively or tacitly, by institutions, form, tradition or by history? These limits may also be imposed by artists themselves as constructive boundaries with which to wrestle towards productive ends. How do artists comply with, reject, or overcome limits in the course of their work, or in its presentation, documentation, or dissemination?
UNLIMITED ACTION: Limits of Performance brings together artists, curators and academics to explore these questions around the theme of limits in performance – limits of the body, aesthetics, material conditions, institutional practices, pleasure, or desire.
Speakers include artists Anne Bean, Nigel Rolfe and Ulay, who will also perform.
In collaboration with Dominic Johnson (Queen Mary University of London), supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.