Instrumental: Performance and the Cumulative Potential of Distributed Sites

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Published in Oxford (UK), by O A R Platform.
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Journal Article
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OAR: The Oxford Artistic and Practice Based Research Platform, 2017, (Issue 1 (2017))
Issue Date:
2017-05-02
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Exploring the relations between the site of research and the site of output, this paper is a critical comparison of the immediate experience of conducting research in a specific place/space and the sites at which practice based research outputs are published and exhibited. Extending Miwon Kwon’s assertion that ‘site is not simply a geographical location but a network of social relations,’1 my research is situated within the field of critical spatial practice and explores the ability of site specific performance to contribute to and shape cultural politics in Australia. Carried out as a series of iterative performances, the practice based research methodology uses salvaged pianos as a device to renegotiate the politics of space through the re-appropriation of iconic and contested Australian site
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