Volume 17 · Number 1 · Pages 086–088
Enacting the Difference between Liveness and “Lifeness” in Performance

Falk Heinrich

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Open peer commentary on the article “From Liveness to “Lifeness”: Autopoiesis and an Enactive View of Performance” by Maiya Murphy. Abstract: I discuss Maiya Murphy’s claim that theater performances operate as autopoietic systems. My view is different: Performances of this kind can be better understood as “as-if” autopoietic systems that operate as staged, concept-based, and instructed events applying autopoietic systems and operations as artistic means for sense-making.


Heinrich F. (2021) Enacting the difference between liveness and “lifeness” in performance. Constructivist Foundations 17(1): 086–088. https://constructivist.info/17/1/086

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Falk Heinrich holds a PhD in interactive installation. He researches (1) participatory art and experiential culture with a focus on aesthetic and performative aspects, and (2) development of methodologies that integrate artistic and academic approaches. He is the author of the books Interaktiv Digital Installationskunst (2008) and Performing Beauty in Participatory Art and Culture (2014) His artistic background is as a theatre actor/director and installation artist. His theoretical investigations have developed in close relation with practical artistic work. ▸︎ Google︎ Scholar
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