Announcing In Terms of Performance: a New Online Interdisciplinary Resource


Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to share with you our newest publication, In Terms of Performance, produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and the Arts Research Center, University of California, Berkeley.

In Terms of Performance provokes dialogue, debate, and discovery in a free, web-based keywords anthology, designed to generate shared literacies across artistic disciplines. More than 50 prominent artists, curators, presenters, and scholars—including Janine AntoniJudith Butler, Simon DoveRoseLee Goldberg, Kathy Halbreich, Jens Hoffmann, Ishmael Houston-Jones,Young Jean Lee, Ralph Lemon, and William Kentridge—offer their distinct perspectives in essays and interviews that reflect on common yet contested terms, the poetry of miscommunication, and the stakes of literacy in our current context of hybrid cultural production.

An introductory editors’ conversation describes the genesis of the project and our aim to cultivate dialogue and repeated exploration across disciplinary boundaries.

We invite you to explore this free online resource The site offers a richly cross-listed and unstructured browsing experience—and will comission new entries to be added in the future. It also allows you to create your own PDF publication, customized to your interests.

We hope you’ll share the publication with your colleagues, and share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using#InTermsOfPerformance. We look forward to your feedback.

Paula Marincola, Executive Director, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
Shannon Jackson, Director, Arts Research Center

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