In Graham Jones & Ashley Woodward (eds.), Acinemas: Lyotard's Philosophy of Film. Edinburgh, UK: pp. 150-162 (2017)

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Kiff Bamford
Leeds Beckett University
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Lyotard’s references to film and video are so limited, it should be relatively easy to expand his repertoire and consider his thoughts in relation to those of my own. But I have struggled, and skirted round my chosen topic for too long; how can his ideas be brought to play productively to my own ends – to consider the relationship of performance art to film? Perhaps that is the problem: I have sought a productive return on my investment, rather than light that match simply to watch it burn. Listen to me, then, as I set fire to the skin of the film and confront the tangled mess of melted celluloid: after the performance. This article considers aspects of Marina Abramović in The Artist is Present (dir. Akers, 2012), Stuart Brisley’s performance in Ghost Dance (dir. McMullen, 1983) and a short video and dance by Kiff Bamford.
Keywords Performance Art  Jean-François Lyotard  Stuart Brisley  Marina Abramović  Video Art  Artists on film  Film Theory
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