Nicholas Lowe, curator of goat island archive—we have discovered the performance by making it, a retrospective held ten years after the twenty-three-year run of the company Goat Island, explains how his concept of archival performance developed in response to Goat Island’s past. Noting the fundamental gap between the ephemeral performances and their retrospective archives, he expanded the notion of archive to bodily and spatially communicate with the contemporary. Introducing each work presented in goat island archive, Lowe describes how the artists regenerated the original ideas of the performances by various means—including architectures, human bodies, historical narratives, and digital technologies—to invoke past performances within the present.

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