Performance Research Volume 18 Issue 5 (December 2013):
On Writing & Digital Media
Issue editors: Jerome Fletcher with Ric Allsopp

Performance Research is an independent, peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd for ARC, a division of the Centre for Performance Research Ltd. Performance Research is a specialist journal that aims to promote a dynamic interchange between scholarship and practice in the expanding field of performance. Interdisciplinary in vision and international in scope, its emphasis is on contemporary performance arts within changing cultures. The journal was founded by Ric Allsopp, Richard Gough and Claire MacDonald. Since 1996 it has set a precedent that has become standard for thematic and cross-disciplinary ways of bringing together the varied materials of artistic and theoretical research in the expanded field of performance.

This issue of Performance Research will enfold an understanding of digital text within the context of performance studies, ordinary language philosophy and speech act theory, integrational linguistics, the performance of self and gender, and performance writing. In other words, we will be looking at the different modes of performance as they are manifest across the whole digital apparatus (dispositif). This includes machinic performance, the performance of codes and scripting, the performativity of language itself on the screen, the semiotics of the click, interactivity between digital language and the body, and how digital texts ‘perform’ us as social beings.

The transcript of #nightwatch, a piece by the Seven Art Writers collective I belong to, will be published in this issue of Performance Research. The piece, devised by Natasha Vicars as part of the #dawnchorus project, was written through dusk in 2012. More about the #dawnchorus project is here.