Lyotard and the 'figural' in Performance, Art and Writing

Lyotard and the 'figural' in Performance, Art and Writing

by Kiff Bamford

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Overview

This original study offers a timely reconsideration of the work of French philosopher Jean-François Lyotard in relation to art,
performance and writing.
How can we write about art, whilst acknowledging the transformation that inevitably accompanies translations of both media and temporality?
That is the question that persistently dogs Lyotard's own writings on art, and to which this book responds through reference to artists from the recently-formed canon of performance art history, including the myths of seminal figures Marina Abramovic and Vito Acconci, and the controlled documentation of Gina Pane's actions.
Through the unstable, untranslatable element that Lyotard calls the figural, his thought is brought to bear on attempts to write a history of performance art and to question the paradoxically prescriptive demand for rules to govern 're-performance'.
Kiff Bamford contextualises Lyotard's writings and approach with reference to both his contemporaries, including Deleuze and
Kristeva, and the contemporary art about which they wrote, whilst arguing for the pertinence of Lyotard's provocations today.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472522443
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 01/16/2014
Series: Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kiff Bamford is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art and Graphic Design at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction \ 1. The figural \ 2. The Libidinal \ 3. Les Immatériaux: What is Lyotard's Attitude to the Body? \ 4. The Sublime \ 5. Temporality and the figural \ In Conclusion \ Notes \ Bibliography \ Index

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