Diana Taylor is University Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at New York University. She is the author and editor of several books, including The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas and Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina's "Dirty War," both also published by Duke University Press.
The New Uses of Performance
During the last thirty years, we have seen a proliferation of the use of the word “performance.” Artists such as Stelarc and theorists such as Jon McKensie and Rossana Reguillo show how economic performance, sexual performance, the performance of “the body,” discursive performance, technological performance, political performance, and aesthetic performance often work together. This chapter shows how these phenomena constitute a capitalist spectacle (Debord) interconnected to such a degree that it is difficult, if not impossible, to understand one without the other.