A User's Guide to Perform or Else

Tim Edkins


In this user's guide to accompany the reading of Jon McKenzie's Perform or Else, Tim Edkins sets out to offer a schematic of the book’s unusual structure by drawing together its signposting. The piece does not summarise the entire theoretical apparatus—Edkins prefers not to spoil all the surprises that await the intrepid reader—but instead lays out the chapter structure in order to provide a navigational aid to help readers venture further into the book.

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McKenzie, Jon. 2001. Perform or Else: From Discipline to Performance. London: Routledge.

McKenzie, Jon. 2011. “The Revelations of Dr. Kx4l3ndj3r.” In Ralo Mayer: Obviously a Major Malfunction / KAGO KAGO KAGO BE, edited by Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Stella Rollig and Kunsthaus Baselland, Sabine Schaschl, E 17–E 27. Bound tête-bêche, one side in English, one side in German. Nürnberg: Verlag für moderne Kunst. Published in conjunction with the exhibition Obviously a Major Malfunction / KAGO KAGO KAGO BE (What Belief Drives Moths to Seek the Light) by Ralo Mayer, presented at the Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, August 12–October 23, 2011 and at the Kunsthaus Baselland, January 28–March 25, 2012.

McKenzie, Jon. 2019. Transmedia Knowledge for Liberal Arts and Community Engagement: A StudioLab Manifesto. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


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