Emergency Index is...
INDEX empowers artists to steer their own documentation, it flips the bird to those who say performance cannot or should not be documented, it presents an inclusive, complex, and thought-provoking picture of what performance is and can be right now, and it places performance work in a broader context of time, language, and genre.
The performances in INDEX are described in the words of their creators, not by critics, audiences, or institutions. Inspired by the "Artist's Chronicle" of High Performance magazine, INDEX does not curate the performances; inclusion is open to all who consider performance as a primary part of their work.
Every year, we will publish an amazing compendium of international performance: dance, theater, music, poetry, political activism, advertising, therapy, terrorism, and more. Through a chronological compilation of short descriptions, images, and a rigorous back-of-the-book index, these 500+ pages reveal an unprecedented view of an emergent field.
What we need
INDEX is not a one-off; it is a long term archival project, meant to span at least a decade. Though we have already published the first volume earlier this year, we need to raise $10,000 to finish paying for the first volume (Emergency Index 2011), and provide seed money for next year's edition (Emergency Index 2012).
All the editors and contributors to INDEX donate their labor, because they believe this project is crucial. There is no donation too small. We need your help.
Who should support Emergency Index?
Anyone who makes performance, who thinks or writes about performance, anyone who uses performance as a means to an end, anyone for whom performance matters, for whom it is a sticky point, a thorn, or an itch.
If you work in theater, in dance, in poetry, support this project. If you are an activist, a lobbyist, a maker of signs, support this project. If you are an academic, a theoretician, a lawyer, a translator, support this project. If you are someone who loves a person who has dedicated the best years of their life to performance, support this project.
Emergency INDEX is a grassroots effort, and it NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT to continue!
What you get
Primarily, you get a one-of-a-kind book, a document of performance in 2011, in 2012, and onward. But maybe you need more? Check out the tokens of our gratitude for every level of giving. INDEX is published by Ugly Duckling Presse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. All donations above $50 (after value of goods exchanged) are tax-deductible, and will be noted in a formal email which can be used for tax-purposes.
What else can you do to help?
Buy the book: www.uglyducklingpresse.org/catalog/browse/item/...
Spread the word: www.facebook.com/pages/Emergency-Index/19453022...
Encourage your university library or bookshop to order the book: http://www.emergencyindex.com/book.html
Joey Calavenna at the Emergency INDEX book launch, March 2012 at the Kitchen.