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11–18. Ibid. p. 12. Jacques Derrida, Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression, Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press, 1996, p. 12. Jacques Derrida, “Signature Event Context,” Limited Inc, Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1988 (1972). 35 I Theories and Histories Introduction Amelia Jones The modality of the event is a time of loss: as bodies, we are lost to it. 1 I n this eloquent, performative statement, performance artist and scholar Dominic Johnson cuts through the dilemmas posed by the live event in terms of its “presence” in history.
In the later decades of the twentieth-century, global cultures and art practices were transformed through rapid technological saturation. Performance became a paradigmatic modality of postmodern aesthetics, where interdisciplinarity, mediation, and self-reflexivity were its prevalent and resilient companion tropes. The 1990s resurgence of Body Art with its emphasis on the opening and materiality of the flesh, its reverberations of “traumatic” and “carnal” affects, was also accompanied in the West by a proliferation of live art and experimental theater practices deploying technologies of mediation and simulation, dense layering of texts, aesthetic techniques of self-interrogation, evident duplicity and haptic spectacle.
1–10. m. I was shot in the left arm by a friend. 22 long rifle. My friend was standing about fifteen feet from me. © Chris Burden. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. ”2 (In relation to Slater’s notion that the photograph ultimately substitutes for reality, it is worth considering whether performance recreations based on documentation actually recreate the underlying performances or perform the documentation. ) 48 The Performativity of Performance Documentation Jon Erickson suggests that the use of black and white photography in classic performance documentation enhances photography’s reality-effect (for Erickson, color photographs assert themselves more strongly as objects in their own right).