The performance studies paradigm

Aneta Stojnić


The aim of this paper is to show how performance can be considered as paradig- matic practice significant for understanding of the contemporary art not only in the filed of theatre and performance art, but also all other artistic and cultural practices as well as a num- ber of non-artistic practices. I will develop my argument based in on the Richard Schechner’s understanding of performance as a collection of interpretative tools for studying broad spectrum of social phenomena, where the objects of research don’t have to be clarified according to the medium, nor bound to specific disciplines and Jon Mckenzie’s understanding of performance as onto-historic formation of knowledge and power where performance is established as a general paradigm of contemporary society. In the central discussion I will refer to the significance of the concept of liminality.


art theory, art history

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