Mindfulness, Authenticity and Participation.

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Participatory works by performance makers like Charlotte Spencer, Marina Abramović and An Xiao do not explicitly cite Buddhist or existentialist traditions, yet they evoke impermanence and the non-self, encourage equanimity, question facticity and embrace becoming. This paper explores how and why attitudes of mindfulness and existential mechanisms of authenticity become manifest in contemporary forms of participatory performance. It proposes that liminality is central to the efficacy of these participatory modes of performance, as they attempt to engage with the uncertainty participants face in modern life.

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Existentialism, Participation, Liminality, Intentionality, Selfhood, Authenticity, Mindfulness

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Green, J., (2021) “Mindfulness, Authenticity and Participation.”, Performance and Mindfulness 4(2). doi: https://doi.org/10.5920/pam.763

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Josh Green (Northampton College)

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