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Michael JH Woolley
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Natalie Loveless: Supervisor
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Art, Modern -- 20th century
Art, Modern -- 21st century
body art
performance art
contemporary art
documentation
photography
research-creation
Cassils
Jackson Pollock
Carolee Schneemann
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English
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This thesis examines issues of performance art documentation. An art historical survey contextualizes performance art practice and theory, situating the contradicting nature of performance art as a medium that both requires documentation while also denying its possibility. A detailed case study of the work of contemporary performance artist Cassils provides a point of entry for reconsidering documentation itself as a mode of doing performance art, rather than being ancillary to the work of performance. Finally, the research culminates in a research-creation project that puts into practice the ideas explored earlier in the thesis; this final chapter of the thesis is realized in both writing and as a gallery exhibition which explore and enfold the research produced through a month-long daily practice performance work engaged in by the author.
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2017/09/14
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