This introduction/intervention responds to the title and underlying assumptions of the present volume rather than to its content. Intended as a speculative polemic, it probes the boundaries of what is possible and what is desirable in PaR, highlighting some of the tendencies and assumptions that the concept of performance brings to research. As I see it, performance is both indispensable and limiting: an essential genealogy for the work discussed in this volume, but one that increasingly requires critical alternatives in order to continue pursuing its promise. In this piece I compare performance with practice as a basis for PaR, gesturing towards what may be an impossibly radical notion of experimentation in practice. I ask, without knowing the answer, where the epistemological and political boundaries of the PaR movement truly lie. While I do not attempt to analyse the specific contributions to this volume in these terms, I hope to pose a question that may be applied to these and other case studies – namely, whether research is unfolding through performance or through practice – and to show why that question matters.
|Title of host publication||Performance as Research|
|Subtitle of host publication||Knowledge, Methods, Impact|
|Editors||Annette Arlander, Bruce Barton, Melanie Dreyer-Lude, Ben Spatz|
|Place of Publication||London and New York|
|Number of pages||15|
|ISBN (Print)||9781138068711, 9781138068704|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Dec 2017|