Performance art borrows parts of [life / art] (*delete as appropriate), presents itself within contexts of [life / art] (*delete as appropriate), in order to stage an encounter with [life / art] (*delete as appropriate). [Life / Art] (*delete as appropriate) is confused, as reasoning applied in [life / art] (*delete as appropriate) is warped. A kind of vertigo with [life / art] (*delete as appropriate) is opened, and sometimes we seek repetitive conventions to secure our grasp of what we believe to be [life / art] (*delete as appropriate).
Gordon Douglas (GD), notebook
Performance art is doing what you can with the body you’ve got.
The body can be worn out from performance. Worn out and tired. The energy that runs through the body can feel slow, making bits and bones ache.
Cicely Farrer (CF), September 2021
Performance—what is non-competitive performance?
Being in a space together, physically, where one can learn from each other and support each other in individual work or practice.
CF, December 2021
Self-permission to be in the eaves of a venn diagram:
(POETRY) p (PROTEST) e (EVENT) r (RITUAL) f (THEATRE) o (JUGGLING) r (REALITY) m (MUSIC) a (DANCE) n (SOCIAL MEDIA) c (COMEDY) e (BOSSING PEOPLE ABOUT) a (ACTION) r (RITUAL) t (TESTING)
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 the National Lottery through Creative Scotland