Critical Writing Index

Vito Acconi and the politics of the body in postmodern performance

by Philip Auslander

from acting to performance, 1997, pp. 89-97

New York: Routledge, 1997

In his essay "Vito Acconi and the politics of the body in postmodern performance," Philip Auslander discusses Acconi`s performance and body work in relation to modern and postmodern performance theory. While modern performance theory and most of contemporary performance theory claim there is an essential body and fail to see the body as ideologically produced, he suggests that the body in some postmodern performance can be understood as a body that exposes the ideological discourses producing it, through performance that insists on the body´s status as a historical and cultural construct and that asserts the body`s materiality.

ITEM 1997.088 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Rubbing PieceVito Acconi

WaterwaysVito Acconi

Hand and MouthVito Acconi

RunoffVito Acconi

TrademarksVito Acconi

TrappingsVito Acconi

Body DoubleDePalma

SeedbedVito Acconi