some brain pickings from Butler

Ideally, we lose ourselves in what we read, only to return to ourselves, transformed and part of a more expansive world — in short, we become more critical and more capacious in our thinking and our acting.


An active and sensate democracy requires that we learn how to read well, not just texts but images and sounds, to translate across languages, across media, ways of performing, listening, acting, making art and theory.

And finally:

We have to continue to shake off what we sometimes think we know in order to lend our imaginations to vibrant and sometimes agonistic spectrums of experience.

some spaces to search

Seth Godin wrote this on a blog post called Did you do the reading?:

The reading isn’t merely a book, of course. The reading is what we call it when you do the difficult work of learning to think with the best, to stay caught up, to understand.

The reading exposes you to the state of the art. The reading helps you follow a thought-through line of reasoning and agree, or even better, challenge it. The reading takes effort.

more reading re documentation, performance ontology, liveness, possibilities and responsibilities

  • Reason, Matthew. 2006. Documentation, Disappearance and the Representation of Live Performance. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bottoms, Stephen J, and Matthew Goulish. 2007. Small Acts of Repair: Performance, Ecology, and Goat Island. London: Routledge.
  • Etchells, Tim. 1999. Certain Fragments: Contemporary Performance and Forced Entertainment. London: Routledge.
  • Phelan, Peggy. 1993. Unmarked. London: Routledge.
  • Auslander, Philip. 1999. Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture. London: Routledge.
  • Heathfield, Adrian. 2012. “Then Again.” In Perform, Repeat, Record, 27–35. London: Intellect Books.
  • Freeman, John. 2003. Tracing the Footprints. Lanham, MA: University Press of America.
  • Piccini, Angela, and Caroline Rye. 2009. “Of Fevered Archives and the Quest for Total Documentation.” In Practice-as-Research in Performance and Screen, edited by Ludivine Allegue, Simon Jones, Baz Kershaw, and Angela Piccini, 34–49. London: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Kunst, B. (2012) ‘The Project Horizon: On the Temporality of Making’
  • Rye, C. (2003). Incorporating practice: A multi-viewpoint approach to performance documentation. Journal of Media Practice, 3(2), 115-123.
  • Ingold, T (2013). Making: Anthropology, Archaeology. Art and Architecture. London: Routledge.
  • Heathfield, Adrian, and Tehching Hsieh. 2009. Out of Now. London: Live Art Development Agency.