Episode 3: reviewing performance art and ethics historically

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Contents: During the interviews a number of historical examples from performance art were reviewed including: Marina Abramovic’s Rhythm 0 (1974), Chris Burden’s Shoot (1971)*, John Duncan’s Blind Date (1980), Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece (1964). This episode brings these together along with a discussion of Pania Lincoln and Hadleigh Averill’s Lunchtime Scrabble (1996), and Mike Parr’s Kingdom Come and/or Punch Holes In The Body Politic (2005) at Sydney Artspace.** Subscribe on itunes

Who is speaking and when:

0:00:00 Introduction (Melissa Laing) |0:01:25 Chris Braddock | 0:06:23 Mark Jackson | 0:06:44 Chris Braddock | 0:07:00 David Cross | 0:07:17 Chris Braddock | 0:09:56 Mark Jackson | 0:11:01 Sean Curham | 0:11:32 Mark Jackson | 0:13:27 David Cross | 0:14:45 Chris Braddock | 0:15:29 David Cross | 0:16:35 Chris Braddock | 0:17:20 Mark Harvey | 0:18:04 Sally J Morgan | 0:18:52 David Cross | 0:19:32 Alexa Wilson | 0:21:56 Sally J Morgan | 0:25:32 Chris Braddock | 0:30:16 Sally J Morgan | 0:31:22 Mark Jackson | 0:35:02 Alexa Wilson | 0:35:49 Chris Braddock | 0:35:57 Hadleigh Averil | 0:37:06 Chris Braddock | 0:37:49 Hadleigh Averill  | 0:39:27 Chris Braddock | 0:40:50 Hadleigh Averill | 0:41:46 Chris Braddock | 0:43:34 Hadleigh Averill | 0:44:35 Chris Braddock | 0:44:57 Hadleigh Averill | 0:45:18 Chris Braddock | 0:45:45 Hadleigh Averill | 0:46:39 Chris Braddock | 0:47:29 Hadleigh Averill |  0:49:31 Sally J Morgan |  0:51:26 | Alexa Wilson | 0:51:49 Chris Braddock | 0:53:27 David Cross | 0:54:10 Mark Harvey | 0:57:51 Sally J Morgan | 0:56:36 Mark Harvey | 0:56:50 Mark Jackson | 0:57:51 David Cross | 1:00:21 Mark Jackson | 1:02:25 End

Chris Braddock mentions an essay by Kristine Stiles  which can be found in the book Chris Burden, edited by Fred Hoffman and published by Locus + Publishing Ltd in 2005. It can also be viewed online here: http://aaaaarg.org/thing/532d26e8334fe060095005a2 or http://www.scribd.com/doc/214795118/Burden-of-Light

*Chris Braddock transposes the artist’s name Chris Booth for Chris Burden at one point. Chris Booth is a New Zealand sculptor working with the environment.

**When discussing Mike Parr’s Kingdom Come and/or Punch Holes In The Body Politic (2005) at Sydney Artspace I asserted to Chris Braddock that the Artspace Director of the time, Nick Tsoutas, had disconnected the electrodes and halted the performance. This was the information the discussion was based on. Josh Wodak, in his PhD Thesis Interrogating Interactive Interfaces: On balance in the evocation of environmental responsibility in the creation of Responsive Environments (2010) advises that his act of shocking Parr late on the Saturday night of the performance “was the straw that broke the camels back of that artwork: he was already near delirious (which the gallery assistant omitted from his summary of Parr’s condition when I enquired) and decided as a consequence of my shock to disconnect himself from the machine and terminate the performance.” He bases this history on a discussion he had with Mike Parr about the performance a number of months later. (https://digitalcollections.anu.edu.au/bitstream/1885/9231/9/03Chapter1_Wodak.pdf p 46)

How to cite this podcast: University Without Conditions. 2014. Episode 3: reviewing performance art and ethics historically, Performance Ethics Working Group. (podcast) 11 April. Available at: http://universitywithoutconditions.ac.nz/?page_id=559 [Accessed: Date].

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