Benedict Anderson works in scenography, architecture, dramaturgy and film. His collaborative and individual projects have been shown in performance, galleries and itinerant spaces in Europe and worldwide. Projects include: Laboral Gijón and ARCO Art Fair Madrid, Spain, Millennium Centre- Cardiff, Fondation Cartier Paris, CDC Toulouse, Festival of Arts Amman, Jordan, Beijing Arts Festival, Vivid Festival Sydney and Lisbon Architecture Triennial. He regularly participates in design competitions and has led a team for an urban redevelopment strategy for the UK Highways Agency. He is Professor of Spatial Design in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology, Sydney.
‘Site-specificity’ is typically aligned to those practices of visual art where their meanings are inextricable to site; however, its theorisation has been elaborated through a defense of disciplinary boundaries. In One Place After Another, Miwon Kwon begins by referring to site-specific art as: ‘Site-determined, site-orientated, site-referenced, site-conscious, site-related’. Yet site-specificity in relation to site-performance, would I propose, be better served by negotiating the intersections of body and site. Site-specificity and indeterminacy will be considered through what happens between site and performance: disruption, undetermined and permeability. Detailing a number of projects from my own practice including: White Trash 2006,Toulouse, France; En Residencia 2009 Gijón, Spain and Patrwn 2010 Minde, Portugal, I will highlight the indeterminacies of site and boundary, performance and spectator through the practice of site-specific performance.