Mindfulness, Authenticity and Participation.

Abstract

Participatory works by performancemakers like Charlotte Spencer, Marina Abramović and An Xiao do not explicitlycite Buddhist or existentialist traditions, yet they evoke impermanence and thenon-self, encourage equanimity, question facticity and embrace becoming. Thispaper explores how and why attitudes of mindfulness and existential mechanismsof authenticity become manifest in contemporary forms of participatoryperformance. It proposes that liminality is central to the efficacy of these participatorymodes of performance, as they attempt to engage with the uncertaintyparticipants 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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