Call for proposals -
Volume 21, Number 1: On Sleep
Deadline: 30 March 2015
Vol. 21, No. 1: ‘On Sleep (February 2016)
Issue Editor: Ric Allsopp [AMATA/ Falmouth University]
This issue of Performance Research 'On Sleep' sets out to gather research and speculative articles, artist's pages and images, critical and creative writings on the performance of sleep, and on how sleep - 'great nature's second course' (1) - as a state of being, as an image, as a metaphor, as a passivity or as an activity, can act as a catalyst for performance, or is performed. Can we talk about a scenography, a poetics or a philosophy of sleep in terms of, or in relation to, forms of performance?
Sleep (and sleeplessness) as a trope, as a pictorial or literary image has been a consistent cultural representation since antiquity. Artists (and audiences) often operate generatively in the transitions between waking to sleeping, at the borders where conscious and unconscious states merge with each other. A recent history of contemporary/ performance art and theatre provides a number of familiar and compelling examples in the work of Andy Warhol, Samuel Beckett, Bill Viola, Janine Antoni, Jim Findlay, and others.
These works attest to our cultural fascination with the invisible realm of sleep and its association with forms of darkness, night, and death. The worlds that sleep contains, borders, or performs, are worlds that not only inform or influence our waking lives, but also inform our relation to insomnia, as troubled and disturbed sleep, as somnambulism, and our inability to navigate the thresholds of sleep. To perform sleep is perhaps to be caught or suspended at these thresholds.
(1) Shakespeare, Macbeth Act 2, Scene 2.
Topics for proposal might include:
• Performances that seek the condition of sleep • Sleep and Theatre • Sleep and (In)attention • Sleep, Darkness and Night • Insomnia, Sleeplessness and Sleep deprivation • Sleep and Performance Art/ Installation • Commodity culture and the externalization of sleep • Sleep and Narrative • Performance of written/ literary images of sleep • Sleep and Time • Durational performance and the desire for sleep • Sleep and the Performance of Food • Performance and/as sleep walking • Sleep and Performance Training/ Research • Sleep and Performance Philosophy • Sleep and Scenography - the place(s) of sleep, slumber and reverie • Sleep and the Digital domain • Sleeping audiences and drowsiness as a purposeful attribute of audience reception We would also like to include in the issue some short contributions (in word and or image form) on memorable performances that have induced sleep.
Proposals: 30 March 2015
First Drafts: July 2015
Final Drafts: October 2015
Publication Date: February 2016
ALL proposals, submissions and general enquiries should be sent direct to the Journal at: firstname.lastname@example.org Issue-related enquiries should be directed to issue editor: Ric Allsopp <email@example.com> General Guidelines for Submissions:
• Before submitting a proposal we encourage you to visit our website (http://www.performance-research.org/) and familiarize yourself with the journal.
•Proposals will be accepted by e-mail (MS-Word or RTF). Proposals should not exceed one A4 side.
•Please include your surname in the file name of the document you send.
•If you intend to send images electronically, please contact the Journal first to arrange prior agreement.
•Submission of a proposal will be taken to imply that it presents original, unpublished work not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
•If your proposal is accepted, you will be invited to submit an article in first draft by the deadline indicated above. On the final acceptance of a completed article you will be asked to sign an author agreement in order for your work to be published in Performance Research.
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In 1998 Jeff Bridges gave a career-defining performance as 'The Dude', the dressing gown-clad L.A. slacker who stumbles amiably through the bizarre plot of the Coen Brothers' surreal noir comedy, The Big Lebowski. Now Bridges has resurrected the Dude persona as part of the marketing campaign for his new artistic venture, The Sleeping Tapes, a collection of ambient music and spoken word designed to ease the listener into the land of nod. Produced in collaboration with the composer Keefus Ciancia, the album's soporific pleasures can be sampled here.