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IrrevocableA Philosophy of Mortality$
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Alphonso Lingis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226556765

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226557090.001.0001

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Performance

Performance

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(p.109) Performance
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Irrevocable
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Alphonso Lingis

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226557090.003.0014

To perform is to exhibit oneself for an audience to instruct, direct, admonish and warn, excite, entertain. And to perform is to exhibit oneself, to affirm oneself, celebrate oneself, one’s convictions, one’s ethnic identity, one’s birth or created gender, one’s buoyant or insolent youth or one’s cheeky or impassioned old age. On the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, waiting 168 years for its bronze statue, Antony Gormley puts living bodies, as artworks. We who witness performance become aware of theatricality in our everyday life, aware of roles we are playing skillfully or ironically in making complaints to stores and public officials and even in family scenes.

Keywords:   Antony Gormley, performance transforms the performer, theatricality of everyday life

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