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Specific Articles from Books
1.   Bernadette Wegenstein “The Avant-Garde as Precursor of 1960s Wounds” (pg. 43-52) and “Hypermediated Performances or 1990’s Extensions” (pg. 66-73) Getting Under the Skin Body and Media Theory 2006
2.   John Cage “Experimental Music” 1958 pg. 48-52 Chance Whitechapel MIT Press
3.   Miwon Kwon “Genealogy of Site Specificity” pg. 11-31 One Place After Another Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity 2010
4.   Allan Kaprow “Notes on Elimination of the Audience” 1966 pg. 102-104 Participation Whitechapel Press
5.   Robert Morris  “The Present Tense of Space” 1978 pg. 027 Situation Whitechapel MIT Press 
6.   Georges Perec “The Street” 1974 pg 102-108 The Everyday Whitechapel MIT Press
7.   Martha Buskirk Chapter 5 “The Contingent Object,” The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art 2003 MIT Press
8.   Guy Debord“Chapter VI Spectacular Time” pg 109-127 The Society of the Spectacle 1994
10.  David Joselit Chapter on “Fluxes” pg. 117-128 American Art Since 1945 Thames and Hudson Press
12.  Amelia Groom (editor) Time, Whitechapel MIT Press, 2013
16. Philip Auslander Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture, Routledge Press, 1999
17.  Valerie Cassel Oliver Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., 2013
18. Judith Butler Gender Trouble-Feminism and the Subversion of Identity 1999 Routledge Press
19. Thompson and Sholette, editors The Interventionists Users’ Manuel for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life 2004 Mass Moca
20. Emergency Index 2011 Documenting Performance Annually Ugly Ducking Press
22. The Artist is Present Marina Abramovic Documentary
ONLINE JOURNALS/PLATFORMS Boston-based experimental artist group and presenting organization performance art initiative and online archive online archive  peer reviewed art journal social networking site for performance-based artists
FADO- artist run centre in Toronto- sign up for monthly eblast that lists performance art opportunities and exhibitions online archive The Black Kit (Boris Nieslony’s archive online)

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Janine Antoni at Cornell

Gordon Matta-Clark, Conical Interest

Dangerous Games by Marina Abramovic

Web Videos

John Cage performing "Water Walk" in January, 1960 on the popular TV show I've Got A Secret.

Saul Williams performs his popular poetry piece Coded Language for Def Poetry Jam.

Janet Cardiff works.

Meredith Monk and Theo Bleckmann perform "Hocket" from "Facing North" live at the Lensic Center for the Performing Arts, Santa Fe, NM 2004.

Marina Abramovic discusses performance art for the New York Times Magazine.

Marina Abramovic, Seven Easy Pieces.

Christian Marclay discusses his interest in unwanted sound, his use of turntables, early examples of his art and more recent pieces too.

Vito Acconci, Open Book.

Carsten Holler, One Minute of Doubt (1999) (download)

DV8 Physical Theatre, Enter Achilles, the Film (2004)

Joan Jonas discussing Mirage at MOMA.

Joan Jonas Vertical Roll (1972)

Carolee Schneemann: "Meat Joy" (1964)

Carolee Schneemann, Snows (1967)

Chris Burden, Big Wrench (1980)

Yves Klein, Anthropometries of the Blue Period and Fire Paintings: Two Performances (1960)

Gilbert and George, Ten Commandments for Gilbert & George (1995)

The LAB Gallery Presents: Uncovering Part Two.A Performance Installation by LEIMAY: Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya (2011)

Fernando Ribeiro, I Promise! at the Mobius / Boston • April 17th, 2012

Performance Art Websites

American Civil Liberties Union: What to do when stopped by the police etc.
Mobius (est. 1977) is a non-profit, artist-run organization in Boston, whose mission is to generate, shape and test experimental art.
FADO Performance Art Centre (Fado Performance Inc.) is a non-profit artist-run centre for performance art based in Toronto, Canada.
HERE builds a community that nurtures career artists as they create innovative hybrid live performance in theatre, dance, music, puppetry, media and visual art.
Yerba Buena Center for Arts.
MOMA Media and Performance Art.
Contemporary Performance is a social media / community organizing network of over 3800 members. The network provides artists, presenters, scholars and festivals a platform to meet, share work, and collaborate.
History of Performance Art Overview

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