Center’s Latest Book, The Sentient Archive: Bodies, Performance, and Memory, Now in Print

26 Jun 2018

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Paul Klee (1879–1940), Angelus Novus, 1920 (Indian ink, color chalk and brown wash on paper) / The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel / Carole and Ronald Lauder, New York / Bridgeman Images.

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Cries and Whispers, directed by Ivo van Hove. Pictured is Chris Nietveld. De Singel, Antwerp, March 16, 2009. Photograph © Jan Versweyveld.

Cries and Whispers, directed by Ivo van Hove. Pictured is Chris Nietveld. De Singel, Antwerp, March 16, 2009. Photograph © Jan Versweyveld.

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An inside view of photos from "The Sentient Archive: Bodies, Performance, and Memory," 2018, Wesleyan University Press.

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Image of "& We Should Live and Be Well," excerpt from "The Sentient Archive: Bodies, Performance, and Memory," 2018, Wesleyan University Press.

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Rehearsal for pitie! (2008) by Alain Platel, in Ghent, June 2008. Mathieu Desseigne Ravel (on left) and Romeu Runa (on right). Photo by Chris Van der Burght.

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Excerpt from the chapter "Leap Before You Look," The Sentient Archive: Bodies, Performance, and Memory, 2018, Wesleyan University Press.

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"The Sentient Archive: Bodies, Performance, and Memory" cover, 2018, Wesleyan University Press.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is pleased to share our latest publication, The Sentient Archive: Bodies, Performance, and Memory, available now in hardcover and paperback from Wesleyan University Press.

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Edited by Bill Bissell, director of performance at the Center, and Linda Caruso Haviland, professor and founder/director of the dance program at Bryn Mawr College, The Sentient Archive features essays, poems, artist statements, and more by leading artists and cultural scholars in performance, architecture, science, and the visual arts who consider the nature of physicality in 28 rich essays.

Contributors include Tomie Hahn, Patricia Hoffbauer, Jenn Joy, Ralph Lemon, André Lepecki, Bebe Miller, Juhani Pallasmaa, and Marcia B. Siegel, among others. In drawing connections between body and archive, the essayists consider how and why the moving body generates and stores information for recall, retrieval, or reenactment.

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