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wild wumpus

Right on, Tweed and Sharkskin. We can only hope that Equity will change its curmudgeonly ways before it becomes completely obsolete, dying out like a Shaker village with the last artists willing to sacrifice the right to preserve and spread their work for a few small benefits.

sharkskin girl

Very important post. I think also at stake here is the significance of documentation of these performances. Not meaning to gush, I adore You Tube for its amazing archive of performance art pieces that are almost impossible to find otherwise -- even if you are affiliated with an academic institution. Yves Klein, Yoko Ono, Ethyl Eichelberger, Carmelita Tropicana, Diamanda Galas... I used You Tube videos in my class last semester to expose my students to works that were otherwise unfindable, and my students in turn searched You Tube for other performances. It was a brilliant pedagogic tool.

Though you know my preference for the live, the fact that so many historic performances only live on in text and the occasional image makes the significance of a more democratic archive all the more important and necessary. In this sense, it's not a kitten of an issue at all -- more like a full on mountain lion in performance studies, and theatre, history.


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