Performance art: actualizing science fiction

Dixon, Steve (2014) Performance art: actualizing science fiction. In: The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction. Oxford handbooks . Oxford University Press, New York, NY, pp. 263-276. ISBN 978-0199838844

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Title: Performance art: actualizing science fiction

The chapter argues that live performance art has not merely explored or represented the themes and theories of literary science fiction, but has “actualized” them. From Orlan’s horrific operating-theater performances to Stelarc’s real-life cyborg experiments, and from Eduardo Kac’s mutant genetic art creations to graphic depictions of robot sex, performance artists have now rendered SF concrete, live, and actual. The chapter further demonstrates how such works accord with classic SF definitions and theories (from Suvin and Jameson to Baudrillard and Deleuze) as well as with a core theory underpinning live performance art: Richard Schechner’s notion of “actuals.” Science fiction in performance art is simultaneously a political gesture, a technical feat and an “estranged,” embodied art process that both looks forward to “becoming the future” and actualizes a version of it in real time and space, live in front of us.

Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > Science fiction
Divisions: Centre for Research in the Arts
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2021 10:48
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2021 10:49
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