• October 25, 2016
  • 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies (unless otherwise noted)
    1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
    Workshops in Area 5
    Conversations at Desai | Matta Gallery
Add to Calendar 10/25/2016 7:00 pm 10/25/2016 9:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Peggy Phelan: The Alterity of the Almost Dead Peggy Phelan: The Alterity of the Almost Dead, keynote address, Dancing With the So Called Dead Performance Art Festival at CIIS California Institute of Integral Studies (unless otherwise noted)
1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Workshops in Area 5
Conversations at Desai | Matta Gallery
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The Alterity of the Almost Dead
From death row to hospital wards, contemporary life has created an architectural, political, and conceptual space for “the almost dead.” Yet, in an ontological sense, the category of the almost dead is much wider. Why, then, do we work to remove it from our own self-conception? What role does contemporary art play, if any, in challenging and/or accepting this habit of getting death to others? This talk, while informed by critical theory, is personal. I hope to dance with, if not fully inhabit, the almost dead within me and within the genre of the live presentation.


Peggy Phelan is a performance theorist and the Ann O'Day Maples Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies and English at Stanford University. Publishing widely in both book and essay form, Phelan is the author of Unmarked: the politics of performance (Routledge, 1993); Mourning Sex: performing public memories (Routledge, 1997); and editor and contributor to Live Art in Los Angeles (Mak Center, 2013). Phelan is also co-editor of Acting Out: Feminist Performances(1993) and The Ends of Performance (1997).


The MFA degree in Theatre–Performance Making is jointly offered by California Institute of Integral Studies (SF) and the University of Chichester (UK). Our core faculty is comprised of internationally recognized performance makers and scholars working across a wide variety of contemporary forms. We support emerging and professional artist/scholars who want to develop their work and artistic identity in the San Francisco Bay Area and internationally. We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2017.

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