Is the Living Body the Last Thing Left Alive? is an art book published by Hong Kong art space, Para Site.
Expanded from a symposium of the same name, Is the Living Body the Last Thing Left Alive? is dedicated to the renewed encounter between dance and performance and the institutions of global contemporary art, making one of the most significant developments in the art field over the second decade of our century.
This book proposes that a “new performance turn” has emerged and looks at its correlations with other shifts in practices, discourses, and broader society. While the resources associated with contemporary dance and museum programs make these phenomena primarily visible in the centres of cultural power, these developments are seen around the world. Moreover, a loosely related history of performance as part of visual art has been written for a longer period of time and in geographically dispersed contexts, often making its own turning points and periodisations. The authors and artists unravel these interconnected stories, and in the process point out and extend the boundaries of what is possible in the paradigm of art and performance today.
Edited by Cosmin Costinas and Ana Janevski
Designed by Wkshps
Published by Para Site and Sternberg Press
Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Dimensions: 228 x 280 mm
Full Title: Is the Living Body the Last Thing Left Alive?: The New Performance Turn, Its Histories and Its Institutions
Publication Date: April 2015