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Taking Place: Encountering the Live.

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Publication date2004
Host publicationLive: Art and Performance
PublisherTate Publishing
Number of pages90
ISBN (Print)1854375016
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Bibliographic note

In this chapter Quick explores how concepts of liveness disturb cultural notions of place, how the actions within the theatrical site operate by means of displacement and how these actions can be seen to transgress the boundaries through which place is constituted. Quick specifically interrogates, through a reading of Heidegger, how place is associated with domestic space, a space that maintains its autonomy, its security, through a barely concealed violence: a violence that relies on the maintenance of absolute limits (outside/inside; public/private). Liveness, Quick argues, with its emphasis on movement, upsets the domestic space, which relies on stasis as its controlling mechanism. In this critique of domesticity, he re-works a little known essay by Lyotard who exposes the concealed violence that the domestic space uses to maintain itself as a space. Through a close reading of the performance work of Forced Entertainment and desperate optimists, he reflects on the ways in which the theatre and theatricality operate as mechanisms to expose the limits of place and counters certain claims that it is only through an escape from the theatrical space that a critique of place might be located. In short, Quick argues that liveness, with its emphasis on specific conceptualisations of temporality as movement, offers a radical re-thinking of representation, one that critiques the drive for autonomy that the domestic space and the nation state creates in order to exist. 'Taking Place' is a chapter in a book that was commissioned by Tate Modern, London and based on a keynote address given on a panel entitled 'Placeless' at a two day conference called 'Live Culture' (2003), also held at the Tate. RAE_import_type : Chapter in book RAE_uoa_type : LICA