The Ambivalent Politics of One-to-One Performance

Caroline Wake


This article considers the ambivalent politics of one-to-one performance. It provides a brief genealogy of the genre and the key artists and scholars associated with it, before moving to a more detailed consideration of the form’s ethics and economics. Regarding ethics, the article explores the issues of consent, compliance, and care.  On the topic of economics, the article considers the form’s financial and temporal costs—to audiences, artists, and producers alike.


one-to-one performance; politics; intimacy; ethics; economics

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