- Professor of English / Director, DesignLab
- 6143 Helen C. White Hall
- E-mail Jon McKenzie
- Performance, new media, critical theory, experimental pedagogy
Degrees and Institions
PhD, Performance Studies, New York University, 1996
MA, English, University of Florida, 1987
BFA, Fine Arts, University of Florida. 1984
I am the author of Perform or Else: From Discipline to Performance (Routledge, 2001), which has recently been translated and published in Croatia as Izvedi ili Snosi Posljedice: Od Discipline do Izvedbe. My present book project focuses on different modes of performative power operative in the contemporary world.
I am currently co-editing two projects. The collection Contesting Performance: Global Genealogies of Research is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan and co-edited with Heike Roms and Wan-ling Wee. Also forthcoming is a special issue of Frakcija, a Croatian performance journal, which explores visibility, civil liberties, and global security. It is co-edited with artist Lane Hall.
My essays explore a wide range of topics, including performance and globalization, new media and teaching, and emerging forms of electronic civil disobedience, and I am fortunate to have been translated into several languages. My recent texts include “Abu Ghraib and the Society of the Spectacle of the Scaffold,” on the meditated theatricality of psychological torture; “StudioLab UMBRELLA,” which traces the development of the pedagogy I call “StudioLab;” “Global Feeling: (Almost) All You Need is Love,” on the ability of performance and media to help “design experience” on a global scale; and on the application of performance measures in higher education.
I teach courses on performance, new media, cultural theory, and civil disobedience. I have also created StudioLab, an emergent pedagogy that combines critical analysis and creative work in design and new media.
2010Contesting Performance is a landmark collection of essays by international scholars that addresses the global development of performance research in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
2001In Perform or Else Jon McKenzie asserts that there is a relationship between cultural, organisational, and technological performance. In this theoretical tour de force McKenzie demonstrates that all three paradigms operate together to create powerful and contradictory pressures to 'perform…or else.'