This Artwork is Having a Rest

Twitchin, Mischa. 2019. This Artwork is Having a Rest. Performance Research, 24(6), pp. 6-15. ISSN 1352-8165 [Article]

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Both soul and art are terms with which “Western” thought makes a poetics of “energy” familiar, contrasting this to the prose of nouns. Where questions of personhood are not limited simply to oppositions between subject and object, the animate and inanimate, such a poetics engages with examples that can be discovered through their dialogue: work by Takis at Tate Modern and the Facts of Dickens’ Mr Gradgrind; or the metaphysics of clockwork in Baudelaire and the quantifications of energy by Helmholtz. In re-imagining Tylor’s fundamental notion of “animism” as itself a conceptual survival of the pre-industrial past, this article suggests that this very idea of animism already offers a vision of and for a post-industrial future.

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Theatre and Performance (TAP)


10 October 2019Accepted
28 November 2019Published Online
November 2019Published

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01 Nov 2019 15:40

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11 Jun 2021 12:41

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