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Beyond the HappeningPerformance art and the politics of communication$
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Catherine Spencer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526144454

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526144461

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Conclusion: Breaching Experiments and Social Bodies

Conclusion: Breaching Experiments and Social Bodies

(p.225) Conclusion: Breaching Experiments and Social Bodies
Beyond the Happening

Catherine Spencer

Manchester University Press

The conclusion assesses the impact of performance art’s imbrication with communications theory on contemporary practice, focusing on how artists have used the tactic of the breaching experiment to question received patterns of socialisation. It considers artists including PilviTakala, Pope.L, Adrian Piper and Otobong Nkanga, who have mobilised their bodies to challenge patterns of social behaviour and their intense policing according to highly normative models, shaped by constructs of gender, race, sexuality and ability. The conclusion also investigates how artists have used reperformance to continue the experiments explored in Beyond the Happening, but also to highlight their blind spots and take their ideas in new directions.

Keywords:   breaching experiments, embodiment, gender, race, reperformance

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