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Unlimited action: The performance of extremity in the 1970s

Dominic Johnson


Unlimited action concerns the limits imposed upon art and life, and the means by which artists have exposed, refused, or otherwise reshaped the horizon of aesthetics and of the practice of art, by way of performance art. It examines the ‘performance of extremity’ as practices at the limits of the histories of performance and art, in performance art’s most fertile and prescient decade, the 1970s. Dominic Johnson recounts and analyses game-changing performance events by six artists: Kerry Trengove, Ulay, Genesis P-Orridge, Anne Bean, the Kipper Kids, and Stephen Cripps. Through close encounters ... More

Keywords: Performance art, Extremity, Action, Art, Theatre, Limits, Controversy, 1970s, History, Form

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780719091605
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719091605.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominic Johnson, author
Reader in Performance and Visual Culture in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London