co-authoring (the act of)


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1) The act of writing / composing / constructing with someone or something. 

2) The joint authorship of a performance work between the maker and performers and the spectator.

3) The coming together of thought of the work and the spectator in the act of meaning construction in the time and space of the performance and beyond it.

4) The unspoken agreement / contract between the spectator and the work with regards to their encounter. This agreement includes the terms and conditions according to which the artist and the spectator are equal partners in the construction of meaning. This requires, on behalf of the spectator, her active participation in this process, and on behalf of the artist, the making of a work that creates the spaces for the spectator to co-author it; that creates room for multiple meanings through gaps, ambiguities and the question that it raises.

5) The egalitarian relationship between work and spectator in their encounter.

6) The coming together of the work and its context.

7) The writing of a work with its context of production in mind.

The writing / making of a performance in relationship to its context of production via the examination and questioning of the ideas and values constructed by cultural and economic forces.

8) The contribution, circulation and establishment of ideas and values in a field by different authors / makers. The relationship of a work and the ideas and values it questions and circulates or re - circulates and therefore reproduces to those ideas and values of other works.

9) The spectator’s act of commenting aloud on what she sees during a live performance event.

10) The act of leaving in the middle of a live performance event and commenting on what the performance could mean at the bar next door.

Author and translator: Katerina Paramana