Redux : Speakers : Dominic Johnson

Between now and 8 December, we will be introducing all the speakers for the Redux symposium. To learn more about the event and to book tickets, please visit the Performing Documents homepage.

Dominic Johnson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of Glorious Catastrophe: Jack Smith, Performance and Visual Culture (2012) and Theatre & the Visual (2012); and editor of Franko B: Blinded by Love (2006), and Manuel Vason: Encounters (2007). His edited book Critical Live Art: Contemporary Histories of Performance in the UK is forthcoming in 2013. His performances have been presented at venues in the UK including National Portrait Gallery (as part of Gay Icons), SPILL Festival (as part of Visions of Excess), SACRED at Chelsea Theatre, Gay Shame and Torture Garden, Fierce Festival, and National Review of Live Art; and internationally, in Austria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Italy, Slovenia, and the US.

For Redux, Johnson will be speaking about his own performance work, and placing the issues that arise in a broader cultural context. He writes:

I have performed a solo performance called “Transmission” more than twenty times since 2007. This has involved remaking and revising the piece for a range of venues including live art festivals, clubs, black box theatres, white cube galleries, and a museum. It has been presented in various forms including as a short performance, a longer performance, and as a “double bill” with Ron Athey. Most recently, I “relinquished” the performance, imposing it upon a collaborator’s body. My presentation will explore the origins and imperatives of “Transmission”, and the mutations and transformations that it has endured in the various venues and forms it has encountered. The performance hopefully will act as a case study of how an archival event or object begins, lives, grows, and travels — and as a trigger for some notes on how this particular event might draw upon broader contexts and cultural histories.

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