With (literally) two starting points and a provocative resistance to received standards of design, Hawthorn seeks to question ideas of legitimisation of the artist through publication. One section of the book is devoted to the artist's critical text taking the Nazi's 1937 Degenerate Art exhibition as the starting point for an investigation of the idea of art against an ideal of political action. The second section invites contributions to the debate from contemporary performance practitioners.
Contributors: Paul Gannon, Juliet Robson, Jordan McKenzie, Roddy Hunter, Glyn Davis Marshall, Otiose (Alith Roberts and John Dummett), Kira O'Reilly and Doran George.
Arnolfini Gallery Ltd, London, 2001, 44 pages, black and white photographs throughout, 24cm x 34cm.
*Available for dispatch from the end of July 2017* During its impressive career over the last decades the term ‘performative’ has been attributed with many parallel meanings in the humanities,...