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ERIC Number: EJ965723
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1356-9783
Remote Intimations: Performance Art and Environmental Illness
Bottoms, Stephen; Laffin, Julie
Research in Drama Education, v17 n2 p229-246 2012
This article explores and documents the work of leading Midwestern performance artist Julie Laffin, in the years since she developed a serious form of environmental illness (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity). This condition has effectively rendered her housebound and unable to appear in public, so that her previous live performance practice--which typically took place in public, urban spaces--has necessarily been curtailed. In attempting to reinvent her practice by other means (including performances by proxy, video and sound works, etc.), Laffin has gradually moved towards a more activist stance on environmental issues, while attempting to maintain a strongly personal aesthetic. Performance art has often been regarded as a form of intensely individual, even "narcissistic" creative expression, and this article asks what it might mean to consider environmentalism through such a personal creative lens. The discussion takes the form of a dialogue between Laffin and Stephen Bottoms, who has variously been a critic of her work, a collaborator in it, and a friend. (Contains 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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