This book focuses on performance and performance-based artworks as seen
through the lens of conservation, which has long been overlooked in the larger
theoretical debates about whether and how performance remains.

Unraveling the complexities involved in the conservation of performance,
Performance: The Ethics and the Politics of Conservation and Care (vol. 1)
brings this new understanding to bear in examining performance as an object of
study, experience, acquisition, and care. In so doing, it presents both theoretical
frameworks and functional paradigms for thinking about—and enacting—the
conservation of performance. Further, while the conservation of performance is
undertheorized, performance is nevertheless increasingly entering the art
market and the museum, meaning that there is an urgent need for discourse on
how to care for these works long-term. In recent years, a few pioneering conservators,
curators, and scholars have begun to create frameworks for the longterm
care of performance. This volume presents, explicates, and contextualizes
their work so that a larger discourse can commence. It will thus serve the needs
of conservation students and professors, for whom literature on this subject is
sorely needed.

This interdisciplinary book thus implements a novel rethinking of performance
that will challenge and revitalize its conception in many fields, such as art history,
theater, performance studies, heritage studies, and anthropology.

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Caring for performance
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part I|99 pages

Care: Theoretical entanglements

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chapter 2|20 pages

Not, yet

When our art is in our hands
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chapter 4|20 pages

Conserving the un-conservable

Documenting environmental performance for the twenty-first century
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chapter 5|7 pages

Innovation and preservation

Shadreck Chirikure on the performance of heritage—A conversation with Hanna B. Hölling
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part II|95 pages

The politics and institutions of care

chapter 6|24 pages

An experimental acquisition

Ralph Lemon's Scaffold Room (2014) at the Walker
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chapter 7|22 pages

In the shadow of the state

Collecting performance at IMMA and institutions of care in the Irish context
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chapter 8|19 pages

Towards a performance continuum

Archival strategies for performance-based artworks
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chapter 9|12 pages

Peeling the paint off the walls

Kelli Morgan on Black performance and racial justice in Western institutions—A conversation with Hanna B. Hölling, Jules Pelta Feldman and Emilie Magnin
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chapter 10|16 pages

Performing the “Mask”

Kongo Astronauts (Eléonore Hellio and Michel Ekeba) on postcolonial entanglements—A conversation with Hanna B. Hölling, Emilie Magnin and Valerian Maly. Introduction by Jacob Badcock
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part III|88 pages

Living conservation

chapter 11|12 pages

Knowledge has to live

Dread Scott on Slave Rebellion Reenactment (2019)—A conversation with Jules Pelta Feldman
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chapter 12|22 pages

Conserving a performance about conservation

Care and preservation in Mierle Laderman Ukeles's maintenance art
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chapter 13|25 pages

Living materials

Ethics and principles for embodied stewardship
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chapter 14|15 pages

Precarious movements

Contemporary dance as contemporary art
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chapter 15|12 pages

Potential afterlives

Cauleen Smith on the relation of film to performance—A conversation with Hanna B. Hölling and Jules Pelta Feldman
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