Edited by Kerry Thomas and Janet Chan
Chapter 28: Re-creating performance art: the rise of re-enactment
This chapter explores the recent history and meaning of re-creating works of art by taking as a case study the significance of re-enactment in recent performance art. How are such acts of repetition framed as creative/artistic actions? What institutional factors contribute to this development? It may seem counter-intuitive to consider the precise re-presentation of an event as a creative act but, as the UK Crime Reduction Act of 2006 notes, ‘illustrating conduct’ is essential to the logic and the practice of re-enactment and the idea of illustration as a creative art practice would not cause anyone undue concern even if re-enactment was not itself evidence of creative practice.
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