Performing Institutions (Book)

Contested Sites and Structures of Care

Rooted in the social and cultural histories of education, self-organization, activist practices, performance, design, and artistic research. Case studies and critical reflections from Denmark, Ireland, Finland, the UK, Canada, the USA, Chile, Asia and Australasia challenge the concept of the institution, and how we engage with it. 51 b&w illus.

Category: Performing Arts


Performing Institutions casts a performance design lens on the current stakes/ risks/ tranformative potential of institutional practices by focusing on how they perform - academically, spatially, socially, politically, custodially and structurally. Contributors examine the ways that institutional structures and spaces are being rethought and resisted, providing examples of the ways that these structures are being contested and cared for through pedagogical, spatial, urban, cultural, social, design and artistic practices.

Anja Mølle Lindelof is an interdisciplinary researcher and educator, affiliated with Roskilde University, Denmark. She has served as head of studies for the Performance Design Programme and investigates performative approaches to institutions and their audiences.

Shauna Janssen is an interdisciplinary artist-researcher and educator based in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, Turtle Island/Canada. She is Assistant Professor of Performance Creation and holds a University Research Chair in Performative Urbanism at Concordia University.

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