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    Jean-François Lyotard: Critical Lives.Kiff Bamford - 2017 - London, UK: Reaktion.
    Jean-François Lyotard is one of the most important, and complex, French thinkers of the twentieth century. Best known in the English-speaking world for his book The Postmodern Condition, the multi-faceted nature of Lyotard’s work has often been obscured by its sometimes problematic association with the postmodern. His life refuses to follow the clear trajectory common to academics in France: it stalls and hesitates, with Lyotard’s first ‘career’ consisting of fifteen years of militant Marxist political engagement. Kiff Bamford traces this circuitous (...)
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    A Late Performance: Intimate Distance (Yingmei Duan).Kiff Bamford - 2013 - In Rob Shields & Heidi Bickis (eds.), Rereading Jean-Francois Lyotard. Farnham, UK: pp. 81-95.
    A written account of a performance by Yingmei Duan translated to video. How does this attempted return relate to that which Lyotard termed the affect-phrase, anamnesis, gesture?
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    Better Lyo'tard' Than Never, I Figure. [REVIEW]Kiff Bamford - 2013 - Art History 36:4.
    Review of English translation of 'Discourse, figure' (1971) published in 2011.
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    Give Me A Sign: An Anxious Exploration of Performance on Film.Kiff Bamford - 2017 - In Graham Jones & Ashley Woodward (eds.), Acinemas: Lyotard's Philosophy of Film. Edinburgh, UK: pp. 150-162.
    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 (...)
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    Lyotard and the 'Figural' in Performance, Art and Writing.Kiff Bamford - 2014 - London, UK: Continuum.
    This original study offers a timely reconsideration of the work of French philosopher Jean-François Lyotard in relation to art, performance and writing. How can we write about art, whilst acknowledging the transformation that inevitably accompanies translations of both media and temporality? That is the question that persistently dogs Lyotard's own writings on art, and to which this book responds through reference to artists from the recently-formed canon of performance art history, including the myths of seminal figures Marina Abramovic and Vito (...)
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    No Place for Complacency: The Resistance of Gesture.Kiff Bamford - 2016 - In Julia Gaillard, Claire Nouvet & Mark Stoholski (eds.), Traversals of Affect: On Jean-François Lyotard. New York, NY, USA: pp. 99-112.
    The challenge I address in this chapter is a fear of repetition, as I turn to a performance by an artist whose work has already provoked my own thought and writing—the Chinese-born artist based in Germany, Yingmei Duan. At a performance in a London gallery, in spite of my personal acquaintance with the artist and despite my own fears, misgivings, and hesitancy, I found space-time-matter transformed by her presence. Or perhaps it is because of this hesitancy and the unanticipated power (...)
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    Jean-Francois Lyotard: The Interviews and Debates.Jean-François Lyotard & Kiff Bamford - 2020 - London, UK: Bloomsbury.
    Jean-François Lyotard (1924-1998) was one of the most important French philosophers of the Twentieth Century. His impact has been felt across many disciplines: sociology; cultural studies; art theory and politics. This volume presents a diverse selection of interviews, conversations and debates which relate to the five decades of his working life, both as a political militant, experimental philosopher and teacher. Including hard-to-find interviews and previously untranslated material, this is the first time that interviews with Lyotard have been presented as a (...)
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