Live Art and Performance

Posted on September 4, 2009 by


(Predictive Text – Clair Korobacz/Gameshow)

On Live Art
In addressing and critiquing notions of time, live art performance is also able structurally to undermine some of the most enduring cultural forces and narratives of our time:
the progress of ‘civilisation’, the accumulation of culture.  The scrutiny that performance brings to temporality thus has a vital significance in the accelerated cultures of late capitalism.  Here, time has become a commodity that is highly regulated: speed is the primary value and time wasted is money lost.  Frequently deploying a contemplative and ‘wasteful’ expenditure of time, performance continues its long wrangle with the forces of capitalism.

Live: Art and Performance

2004, Routledge, New York

Editor: Adrian Heathfield, p 10

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