John L. Austin’s (1911–60) research on performative speech acts paved the way for an expansive blossoming of approaches to art and performance practices that privilege notions of art as process, as a language of persuasion, and as operating within temporalities of unwitting participation and so on. This paradigm shift is arguably driving much pedagogical and research thinking in art schools around the world. The Art and Performance Research Group acknowledges this wide framework of practice and theory that opens up current debates about the temporal aspects of art (including performance art), what constitutes an ‘event’ as well as diverse modes of spectatorship and participation.

Art and Performance Research Group

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