Unlimited action – Q&A with Dominic Johnson

Posted by Alice Hoad - Wednesday, 5 Dec 2018


How would you like someone who has read your book to sum it up in one sentence?

Unlimited action is a new take on ‘difficult’ or ‘extreme’ performance art in the 1970s, by way of a surprising selection of artists that are less well known.

What book in your field has inspired you the most?

Jennifer Doyle, Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art.

Did your research take you to any unexpected places?

Yes: to pornography, indecency, crime, the occult, and sabotage.

Which writing process do you use (computer, longhand, dictate, other)?


Why did you choose to publish with MUP?

Because it is a world-leading academic publisher; and because I had a very enjoyable and satisfying experience when I published my first monograph with MUP (Glorious catastrophe, 2012).

What are you working on now?

A book on singular actions in performance art – performances that consist of a single action that is sustained and/or repeated over sometimes-confounding durations.

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