Documenting and Archiving Performance: A Panel Discussion, 3 décembre 2016 14:00, BAM Fisher
Documenting and Archiving Performance
A Panel Discussion featuring Corina Copp, Mashinka Firunts, Anya Liftig, Esther Neff, Danny Snelson, and Matvei Yankelevich led by Emergency INDEX co-editor Katie Gaydos
Using Emergency INDEX—an annual volume documenting performance works from the previous year—as a jumping off point to think about the ways in which performance is modified by documentation, Wendy’s Subway and Ugly Duckling Presse are pleased to present a public panel discussion regarding contemporary issues in documenting and archiving performance works. Panelists include Corina Copp, Mashinka Firunts & Danny Snelson (Present Tense Pamphlets), Anya Liftig, Esther Neff (Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL)), and Matvei Yankelevich (Ugly Duckling Presse).
After the discussion, INDEX editors will be available to answer specific questions about the submission process for INDEX and offer one-on-one editorial feedback.
About Emergency INDEX:
Acknowledged as, at best, a conflicted endeavor, and at worst, a betrayal of the very essence of performance, documentation has been problematized while performances have proliferated. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of performances have come and gone, witnessed only by the people in the room, or on the street. And though we can argue about the advantages of such a condition, it does make a rather unique situation: performance has become a field whose practices are largely invisible to itself. To respond to this situation, we began with a simple idea: to create an annual periodical (Emergency INDEX) allowing the people who made performances in that year to document their work in print.
The pages of Emergency INDEX are open to all who work with performance. In each annual volume, contributors document works made in the previous year. By including performances regardless of their country of origin, genre, aims, or popularity, INDEX reveals the breathtaking variety of practices used in performance work today. Each volume features a comprehensive index of key terms used by contributors in describing and discussing their own work. Begun in 2011, INDEX is a lens for seeing the field of contemporary performance from the ground up.