The Last Performance [dot org] (2007-) is a constraint-based collaborative writing, archiving and text-visualization project responding to the theme of lastness in relation to architecture, acts of building, a final performance, and the interruption (that becomes the promise) of community.

The visual architecture of The Last Performance [dot org] is based on research into "double buildings," a phrase used here to describe spaces that have housed multiple historical identities, with a specific concern for the Hagia Sophia and the functions of church, mosque, and museum. The project uses architectural forms as a contextual framework for collaborative authorship. Source texts submitted to the project become raw material for a constantly evolving textual landscape.

The Last Performance [dot org] was initiated in response to the work of the seminal performance collective, Goat Island, and their decision, after 20 years of practice, to create a last performance. The writing project and the final Goat Island performance, The Lastmaker, overlap significantly having evolved in parallel through shared generative constraints.

To read and interact with the piece online click here.

To view screen captures of the various areas of the piece, click here (timed slideshow).

Performance Documentation

To view images from performances of the piece, click here (timed slideshow).

INSTALLATION DOCUMENTATION

To view images from gallery installations, click here (timed slideshow).