In Other Los Angeleses: Multicentric Performance Art

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University of California Press, 20 mar 2002 - 407
Performance art and Los Angeles, two subjects spectacularly resistant to definitions, illuminate each other in this searching study by Meiling Cheng. A marginal artistic pursuit by choice as well as necessity, performance art has flourished in and about "multicentric" Los Angeles for nearly four decades, finding its own centers of activity, moving and changing as the margins have reconstituted themselves. The notion of multicentricity serves, somewhat paradoxically, as the unifying motif in Cheng's imaginative views of center and periphery, self and other, and "mainstream" and "marginal" cultures. She analyzes individual artists and performances in detail, bringing her own "center" gracefully and unmistakably into contact with all those others. Without suggesting that her approach is definitive, she offers a way of thinking and talking coherently about particularly elusive, ephemeral artwork.

Cheng describes performance art as "an intermedia visual art form that uses theatrical elements in presentation." Performance art, which uses the living body as its central medium, occurs only "here" and only "now." Because it is intentionally volatile, highly adaptable, and often site-specific, with emphasis on audience interaction, context is inseparable from the work itself. When Cheng writes about Suzanne Lacy or Tim Miller, Johanna Went or Oguri and Renzoku, Sacred Naked Nature Girls or osseus labyrint, she is conscious of her role in extending their creative expression.

As members of the "virtual audience," readers and viewers of other documentation concerning performance art are arrayed outside the center represented by a given artist and the circle represented by the immediate witnesses to a performance, but all may entertain what Cheng calls a conceptual ownership of the work. A person who reads about a performance, she says, may feel more affected by this virtual encounter than a person who has seen it live, and may reimagine it as a "prosthetic performance." Cheng's writing draws us into the many centers where a vibrant contemporary art phenomenon and a fascinating urban environment interact.

Published in association with the Southern California Studies Center at the University of Southern California
 

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Sam Francis Untitled Edge Painting 1966
2
Performing Other Los Angeleses
12
Anna Homler Breadwoman
26
Rachel Rosenthal The Death Show
40
Eleanor Antin as The King
42
Judy Chicago Suzanne Lacy Sandy Orgel and Aviva Rahmani Ablution
43
Chris Burden White Light White Heat
57
Out of Order
66
Danielle Bra2ell Tales from a BitchGitl formetly Exorcising My Mythologies
214
Dan Kwong Monkhood in ThreeEasy Lessons219
219
The Tale of Family and a Grandmothets Suicide by Fire
223
Shishir Kurup Assimilation
227
The double birth of Sacred Naked Nature Girls
234
Whats in a Name?
235
Sacred Naked Nature Girls Untitled Flesh
244
Pablo Picasso Les Demoiselles dAvignon
257

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirror Room
81
Judy Chicago The Dinner Party
83
Engendering OtherSelves
93
Suzanne Lacy Car Renovation
94
A TrueLife Story
106
Swimming
107
Suzanne Lacy Inevitable Associations no 13 Suzanne Lacy She Who Would Fly
119
Suzanne Lacy The Dark Madonna
126
Elia Arce preperformance installation for I Have So Many Stitches That Sometimes I
134
Elia Arce
135
Elia Arce Blessed by the Contradictions
144
v7 Elia Arce Lip Sync
150
Elia Arce Bondage Cheist
161
Elia Arce Grandma Helia segment in StretchingMy Skin Until It Rips Whole
168
Elia Arce chicken incantation scene from StretchingMy Skin Until It RipsWhole
169
Elia Arce Grandma Carmen monologue in StretchingMy Skin Until It Rips Whole
170
Elia Arce Mom
171
Guillermo Gome2Pena The Loneliness of the Immigrant
175
A Heterolocus in Process
198
Tim Miller poster for My Queer Body
202
Joan Horchkis Tearsheess
210
Promotional photograph of Sacred Naked Nature Girls
259
Kinesthetic Transmutation of Theatricality
273
Johanna Went Alchemy of Monsters
291
Johanna Went Twin Travel Terror293
293
Johanna Went complere scr1pt for Passion Container
297
Johanna Went Monkey Womans Inferno
302
Toti M OBrien John OBrien and Steve Roden
311
Linglot terrace version too
312
Toti M OBrien John OBrien and Steve Roden Husk
317
Oguri and Renzoku Fu Ru I sift2
318
Oguri and Renzoku A Flame in the Distance
323
Oguri and Renzoku thestreamofconsciousness
325
Oguri and Renzoku In Between the Heartbeat
328
Oguri and Renzoku In Between the Heartbeat
331
osseus labyrint Gordiannot
334
osseus labyrint THEM
335
osseus labyrint The Tragedy of Macbeth
347
osseus labyrint Liquor Cotunnii
348
Epilogue
351
Index
393

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Meiling Cheng is Associate Professor and Director of Critical Studies at School of Theatre, University of Southern California

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