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This book focuses on performance and performance-based artworks as seen through the lens of conservation, which has long been overlooked in the larger theoretical debates about whether and how performance remains. Unraveling the complexities involved in the conservation of performance, Performance: The Ethics and the Politics of Conservation and Care (vol. 1) brings this new understanding to bear in examining performance as an object of study, experience, acquisition, and care. In so doing, it presents both theoretical frameworks and functional paradigms for thinking about—and enacting—the conservation of performance. Further, while the conservation of performance is undertheorized, performance is nevertheless increasingly entering the art market and the museum, meaning that there is an urgent need for discourse on how to care for these works long-term. In recent years, a few pioneering conservators, curators, and scholars have begun to create frameworks for the longterm care of performance. This volume presents, explicates, and contextualizes their work so that a larger discourse can commence. It will thus serve the needs of conservation students and professors, for whom literature on this subject is sorely needed. This interdisciplinary book thus implements a novel rethinking of performance that will challenge and revitalize its conception in many fields, such as art history, theater, performance studies, heritage studies, and anthropology.

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  • anthropology
  • Art forms
  • Heritage Studies
  • Non-graphic art forms
  • Performance
  • Performance art
  • Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography
  • Society & Social Sciences
  • Sociology & anthropology
  • The arts
  • The arts: general issues
  • Théâtre
  • Theatre Studies
  • thema EDItEUR::A The Arts::AB The arts: general topics
  • thema EDItEUR::A The Arts::AF The Arts: art forms::AFK Non-graphic and electronic art forms::AFKP Performance art
  • thema EDItEUR::A The Arts::AT Performing arts::ATD Theatre studies
  • thema EDItEUR::J Society and Social Sciences::JH Sociology and anthropology::JHM Anthropology
  • thema EDItEUR::J Society and Social Sciences::JH Sociology and anthropology::JHM Anthropology::JHMC Social and cultural anthropology


DOI: 10.4324/9781003309987


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