Every year, Emergency INDEX invites authors to document performances they made in the previous year. By including performances regardless of their country of origin, their genre, aims, or popularity, INDEX reveals a breathtaking variety of practices used in performance work as it actually exists today.
For readers, INDEX offers a cutting edge view of performance as it is used in dance, theatre, music, visual art, political activism, scientific research, poetry, advertising, terrorism, and other disciplines. For artists, INDEX provides an opportunity to document the most important aspects of new work, without the need for spin or salesmanship. For anyone interested in contemporary performance, INDEX is required reading.
INDEX 2011 includes 249 performances and a comprehensive index of key terms used to describe them.
Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012, New York. 560 pages, 15cm x 20cm. Paperback with black and white photos throughout.
The renewed interest in artistic practices as well as in institutional collaborations with artists seems to be driven by a positive vibe, by an interest in changing the governing structures...