Performance / Media / Art / Culture: Selected Essays 1983-2018

Jacki Apple (Author) Marina Lapalma (Editor)

Product Details

Intellect (UK)
Publish Date
October 15, 2019
6.6 X 0.8 X 9.5 inches | 1.45 pounds
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About the Author

Jacki Apple is professor emerita at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and a visual, performance, and media artist and writer. She has published more than 200 reviews and critical essays on performance art and media in such publications as High Performance magazine, Public Art Review, and the Drama Review. She writes the online column Peripheral Visions: Perspectives on Performance, Media and Culture for Fabrik magazine. Marina LaPalma is a poet, editor, artist, and art critic. She lives in Santa Fe.


"[Apple] seems to have done more thinking and writing about this unstable and hard-to-contain genre than anyone else on the West Coast. . . . As a chronicle of 35-plus years of avant-garde 'barricadesmanship' in Los Angeles, Performance / Media / Art / Culture preserves an atmosphere of politico-aesthetic urgency, which can give the reader the off-kilter feeling that art 'spaces' surely are the place where 'the world' gets changed. Well, it did happen, slowly. Read this book and witness, as freakish, circus-clown narcissism spread like a stain throughout the larger culture. . . . It's a valuable history of some very untamed goings-on over time, and a detailed chronicle of what can happen when art turns into agitprop ruled by committee. One has the feeling that Jacki Apple's influence extends to many an arts professor and art performer working today; this book ensures that and also shows why. It will have a long shelf life in academic and art libraries."--Anthony Mostrom "Los Angeles Review of Books"
"Only a handful of writers have the intellectual chops, creative intuition and vision of art history to speak holistically about performance art, but Jacki Apple consistently proves herself essential to the field and how we understand it. She digs into both the formal and the ineffable dimensions of performance with unmatched power and clarity without sacrificing honesty about the art and artists she clearly loves. Apple stands in the evolving vortex of performance art so we can see its future."--Eric Gutierrez, writer and former executive editor, High Performance "Los Angeles Review of Books"
"For several decades now, Apple's astute observations of the arts, performance, and culture in Los Angeles have added profound insight to this still-burgeoning landscape populated by the movers and shakers who flock here. Her history as an artist in her own right expands the depth and comprehension of her analysis. She has been an influencer in the truest sense, advancing the cultural discussion with erudition and compassion. Among the annals of tomes dedicated to understanding why LA is so significant, so centripetal, this is a long-awaited addition."--Tony Abatemarco, playwright, performer, co-artistic director, Skylight Theatre Company "Los Angeles Review of Books"
"Writing with deep historical knowledge, compassion, and generosity, Apple is an artist's critic, always seeking first to reveal and then to celebrate the heart of a performance, no matter what the medium. Her fearless radicalism, tempered by a refreshing sense of humor, uncovers buried roots while also posing the most essential cultural question: how does this art help us understand who we are? I am particularly enthralled by the final section--essential reading during a time when ecocidal capitalism has surely reached the breaking point."--Gregory Whitehead, artist and writer "Los Angeles Review of Books"
"Apple's writing about the temporal arts stuns the reader with its capacity to contextualize projects historically. She weaves together diverse cultural interventions with an urgency about their meaning for this crucial moment in the world."--Beverly Naidus, University of Washington, Tacoma "Los Angeles Review of Books"
"Apple has always made works that come at you from every possible angle. As composer, performer, writer, and cultural detective, she is fearless at pushing the boundaries of her own work, while simultaneously providing platforms for other artists to push their own possibilities. This book has been brewing for over thirty-five years. It is the story of what, where, when, why, and how we are in this culture now, told by a vital participant and invaluable witness."--Terry Allen, artist "Los Angeles Review of Books"
"Apple is a tireless advocate for the aesthetic, the generative, for art that intervenes and illuminates. She is the rare artist who is generous and revelatory, bringing enormous skill and knowledge to the work of fellow artists crossing many disciplines, as do her own intricate and multifaceted creations."--Jeff McMahon, Arizona State University "Los Angeles Review of Books"
"Apple has always been a fair and thoughtful advocate of the arts. There are so few writers with her depth and knowledge around. Expansive and generous, Jacki writes with an open, inclusive heart."--Ping Chong, artistic director, Ping Chong + Company "Los Angeles Review of Books"
"Apple's heightened artistic perception has opened my eyes to the meaning of my early, visceral, raw performances from the1980s to the present, more theatrically polished ones. Her insightful, critical writing not only changed the way I understood my own work and its role in pushing boundaries and breaking taboos, but also the performance work of my peers in times of political pressure. For anyone who wants to understand this history, this book is eye-opening."--John Fleck, performance artist "Los Angeles Review of Books"
"In the late 1980s and early '90s, Jacki Apple's pioneering essays on radio art as an emerging practice in the U.S. stood tall. Hardly any other writers publishing texts on radio, came from an arts background let alone an interdisciplinary one. Apple did, and her voice spoke with unprecedented insight, intellectual rigor, clarity and passionate conviction on the subject. She discussed and critiqued the most innovative and inspiring art works for broadcast in the context of the politics of the industry and of contemporary American culture. This wonderful edition encompasses the full range of her critical writings."--Regine Beyer, writer, producer, and editor, Germany-USA "Los Angeles Review of Books"
"Apple's accurate, intimate, gracious, erudite, and insightful writing provides a front row seat to an expanding cultural big bang. This book is a gift to those of us determined to understand the who, the where, the when, the how, and the why of the tectonic shifts that brought social interaction into the scope and insight of art makers. Her enthusiasm for the subject coupled with a commitment to her readers makes for learning more than history. She makes the history feel contemporary."--Conrad Gleber, media artist/retired professor, La Salle University "Los Angeles Review of Books"