A thought of performance


  • Tero Nauha Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki


schizoanalysis, non-philosophy, post-industrialism


In this article I attempt to trace the path of my artistic research, which began from the application of schizoanalysis in performance and which now explores the possible limits of thought in order to regard how performance thinks in specifically different ways from discursive forms of thought, such as philosophy. The main argument starts from the notion – borrowed from French thinker, François Laruelle - that philosophical thought does not tell us more about the Real than any other gestures of thought. I begin from a speculative relationship between the apparatus of cognitive capitalism. I conclude by superpositioning the post-humanist thought of Laruelle and Karen Barad with the concept of ‘non-standard’ performance as fictioning. As a whole, the article aims to propose a performative approach to artistic research in these terms.

Author Biography

Tero Nauha, Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki

Tero Nauha is an artist and a postodoctoral fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. He is also a participant of a Finnish Academy funded postdoctoral research project ‘How To Do Things With Performance’. He defended his doctoral research at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts in Helsinki in January 2016. In 2015, he published his first fiction novel Heresy & Provocation for a Swedish publishing house Förlaget. His performance art projects have been presented at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Theatrediscounter in Berlin, CSW Kronika in Bytom, Performance Matters in London, and at the New Performance Festival in Turku, among other venues.


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How to Cite

“A Thought of Performance”. 2017. Performance Philosophy 2 (2): 272-85. https://doi.org/10.21476/PP.2017.2276.




How to Cite

“A Thought of Performance”. 2017. Performance Philosophy 2 (2): 272-85. https://doi.org/10.21476/PP.2017.2276.