Performance documentation has a history: the idea of documenting performances, the thought that it was necessary to do so, and specific techniques of performance documentation all arose at specific moments. One of the archaeological sites on which to trace the emergence of performance documentation as a self-conscious practice is the New York art and performance scene of the mid-1960s through the early 1970s. In the context of Michael Kirby’s ideas on performance documentation, Philip Auslander will discuss the possibilities of this specific documentation practice.
Philip Auslander is a professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication of the Georgia Institute of Technology. His primary research interests are in performance, especially in relation to music, media, and technology.