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

Kiff Bamford
Leeds Beckett University
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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