Performance art exists in its own time. It stops time, starts time, rewinds and fast forwards time, pauses, calls, keeps, and makes time. Performance art saves nine.
Gordon Douglas (GD), Notes app
If your performance requires a close physical encounter with an audience, draws on that discomfort, what happens when you cannot get close? When the discomfort is no longer a braver space to enter?
Cicely Farrer (CF), November 2021
Performance: as per the form of something; fit for purpose, up to scratch, fulfilling expectations. Measured by its relationship to the form; its proximity to the form; its capacity to make form of the form. Forms can be a whole bunch of things: scores, scripts, norms, demands, identities………………………………………………………………form has a shape, and the shape might be moral, relational, figurative, systematic. Always carried out by a performant of performants, welcome or unwelcome.
Best performance—all those that—
CF, September 2021
Gordon Douglas is a performance artist in Glasgow. Cicely Farrer is a curator on the north-east coast of Scotland. Together they initiated Good on Paper.
Throughout Summer 2021, they set themselves the daily task of writing definitions for the fluid subject of Performance Art. A selection of these are hosted in Appendices 1-4.
Good on Paper: Workshop #1 tickets 27 March, 11am-1pm
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Good on Paper is supported by Lottery Funding through Creative Scotland