Performing Sand: A Case for the Abandonment of Video Documentation in Buddhist-Inspired Live Art

Clark, Pema (2016) Performing Sand: A Case for the Abandonment of Video Documentation in Buddhist-Inspired Live Art. Dance, Movement and Spiritualities, 2 (3). pp. 309-321. ISSN 2051-7068

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Abstract

Documenting performance in the context of practice-based research has become the standard protocol for the assessment of live work in the academy as permanent document and archive. In contrast, the practice of Buddhism recognizes impermanence as the central doctrine governing all conditioned existence. What happens when these two fields are combined? In addressing the dialectic inherent in documenting a field of performance art that relies on its doctrinal foundations to convey principles that video documentation renders redundant, I offer an alternative method of documentation as part of the creative process that keep the work ‘live’ in the mind of the audience upon every subsequent engagement with the archive. Far from being a failure to document, Buddhist performance art demands a new approach to the documentation of performance. The article includes a performance score inspired by my autobiographical performance art work At Sea:1980-2010.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: buddhism ,performance art,documentation,autobiography,archive,lynn redgrave
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2016 14:00
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2020 23:46
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/59362
DOI: 10.1386/dmas.2.3.309_1

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