New issue of Studies in Costume & Performance 1.2

Intellect is pleased to announce that Studies in Costume & Performance 1.2 is now available.  

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List of articles (partial list):


Materializing virtual reality: The performativity of skin, body and costume in Tobias Bernstrup’s artwork

Authors: Viveka Kjellmer

Page Start: 151


Swedish artist Tobias Bernstrup (b. 1970) works with multimedia, music, performance, video and computer games. He creates fictional alter egos in his works and returns to his characters in an ongoing re-meditation, digitally or in real-world artistic performances. The costume is a paradoxical entity: both an inseparable part of the artist’s body in the performance process and something that can be removed, yet remains part of the character. The nude body onstage can be seen as another costume, the bare skin serving as an interface between visual and physical experience. Bernstrup and his virtual alter egos slip between existences where skin, body and costume tie his virtual and physical realities together.


Sleeve notes: PJ Harvey’s Gothic world 

Authors: Abigail Gardner and Katerina Flint-Nicol

Page Start: 163


Referencing literary and cinematic readings of the term, this article argues that Harvey performs an English, Victorian Gothic. The authors argue that she recuperates the female Gothic for contemporary times allowing it resonance beyond its literary and cinematic beginnings. Drawing on some of those literary and cinematic debates on the Gothic and the eerie, they consider how her costumes across the three albums White Chalk (2007), Let England Shake (2011) and The Hope Six Demolition (2016) showcase ‘remnants’ both of the past and, of the forgotten.


Tribes: The Walk

Authors: Sodja Zupanc Lotker

Page Start: 179


This visual essay illustrates some of the curator’s basic ideas behind the project at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2015. This project presented over 80 costume and mask projects over the course of 11 days in June 2015. Costumes were ‘exhibited’ on live performers in the centre of Prague, where the city performed the gallery of this exhibition. The Tribes was conceived mainly through an open call that invited professionals and students to propose their ‘tribes’. The tribe was to be defined as a minimum of three people, having the same or similar ‘dress code’ (costume, or fully body mask) and similar behaviour code.

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