Performance Documentation, Gender and Myth in the Age of Mobile Internet  

Boryana Rossa

Performance art documentation and its significance for the evaluation of artistic work have been widely discussed, not only among performance art historians but also among artists. Debates have included issues of copyright and sales, questions concerning how artworks or artists are represented in art history and how art mythologies are created. At the same time, rapid developments in video, digital imaging and distribution technologies have impacted the formal and communicative qualities of documentation. With the aid of technologies, visibility was given to topics that otherwise have been silenced or put at the margins of the art system. The power of representation, traditionally concentrated in the hands of art critics, collectors, curators and historians, and their monopoly over stories and mythologies about artists’ works, became a more accessible territory to artists, and even to the audience, similar to the phenomenon of how blogging culture changed contemporary journalism and writing more generally.

In Sexing the Border: Gender, Art and New Media in Central and Eastern Europe, edited by Katarzyna Kosmala. 89-114. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing , 2014.

Boryana Rossa for Structira Gallery: What is the World Occupied With While Awaiting Its End?” Literaturen Vestnik. #20. 2020.

Rossa, Boryana. “The “women’s” topics and feminism in Bulgarian art as a function of the transition from socialism to capitalism”  In Feminist Horizons: Violence, Labor, Mobilization. Edited by Kalina Drenska. (Sofia: LevFem) 2019.

Rossa, Boryana. “The Rhizome of Life.” In The Tree of Life. Edited by Dessislava Dimova. (Sofia: Ona Night Stand Gallery). 2019.

Rossa, Boryana. Feminist Perspectives in the Socialist Film: The Bulgarian Case. WEAD MAGAZINE, Guest edited by Dr. Praba Pilar, No. 10.

Rossa, Boryana and Oleg Mavromatti (2018). “The Bastards: Cultural Appropriation by Default” In Art, Freedom, and the Politics of Social Justice. Online round-table. National Coalition Against Censorship, New York. June 1, 2018.

Rossa, Boryana. “Above Gender: Female, Feminist, Queer and Gender Related Art from Bulgaria.” In online resource Open Art Files. Open Art Foundation. 2018.

Rossa, Boryana. Interview with Mohammad Salemi and Patrick Shaubus. Sofia Queer Forum 2018: Homeland for the Vagabond, Exhibition catalogue. Edited by Mohammad Salemi and Patrick Shaubus. Sofia: Bilitis. 2018.

Rossa, Boryana (2018). “From the Local Ritual to the Global High Tech: The Shared Ecology of Nature and Technology in Bulgarian Art.” 26-31. In Eco Art issue of Revista ARTA # 33 (382)/ 2018, Anul IX (51). Romania.…/uploads/…/01/arta-33-web.pdf

Rossa, Boryana (2018). “From the Local Ritual to the Global High Tech: The Shared Ecology of Nature and Technology in Bulgarian Art.” 79-84. ARTIZANIN, 4/208, #12a. Bulgaria.

Rossa, Boryana and Stanimir Panayotov ed. (2018) Sofia Queer Forum 2017: Red Love. Exhibition catalogue. Sofia: KOI Books, 2018.

Rossa, Boryana, “The Mirror of Faith”, in Dalila Honorato and Andreas Giannakoulopoulos (eds.) Taboo-Transgression-Transcendence in Art & Science 2017 Conference Proceedings, Corfu: Ionian University – Department of Audio & Visual Arts, 2018.

Rossa, Boryana and Lea Vaisova. “Sex, Revolution Emancipation: Conversation between Lea Vaisova and Boryana Rossa. dVersia, Oct 15, 2017.  (Last visited Dec 26. 2017)

Rossa, Boryana. Discussion – After the Fall: Gender Before and After the Cold War. Art News Cafe. March 9th, 2017 (Last visited Dec 27. 2017)

Mihailova, Vladiya, S. Panayotov and B. Rossa ed. “Sofia Queer Forum 2014: Sweet Union.” (exhibition catalogue) Sofia: KOI Books, 2015. (Last visited Dec 27. 2017)

Amazon Armor. Personal catalogue, edited by Boryana Rossa and Stanimir Panayotov. Sofia: KOI Books. 2015.

Rossa, Boryana.“Performance Documentation: Gender and Myth in the Age of Mobile Internet.” In Sexing the Border: Gender, Art and New Media in Central and Eastern Europe, edited by Katarzyna Kosmala. 89-114. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing , 2014.

Rossa, Boryana. “Gender Equality in Bulgaria: An Activism Which Can’t Speak English Is No Activism” In Sofia Queer Forum 2014, edited by Stefka Tsaneva, 8-14, Sofia: KOI Books. 2014.

Rossa, Boryana. “What is the Feminist Workshop?” In Feminist Workshop, edited by Boryana Rossa, 3-10, Sofia: Anarres Books. 2013.

Rossa, Boryana. “Edvin glutni pastichka.” In #Protestut – analizi I pozicii v bulgarskata presa liato 2013, edited by Daniel Smilov and Lea Vaisova. Sofia: Iztok-Zapad, 2014.

Rossa, Boryana, Ani Vaseva and Monika Vakarelova. Gorgons in the storage room or Apocalypse Now (exhibition catalogue). Sofia: Sofia City Art Gallery, 2013.

Rossa, Boryana. “What Is a Queer Forum and Do We Need It?” In Sofia Queer Forum 2012 (exhibition catalogue), 6-17, edited by Boryana Rossa and Stanimir Panayotov, Sofia: Anarres Books, 2013.

Rossa, Boryana. “Pussy Riot as a Dream: Why I Support Pussy Riot, but Not the Arguments in Their Defense.” Rabokor. November 7, 2012. Accessed  January 20, 2014.

Rossa, Boryana. “The Mirror of Faith.” In The Apparatus of Life and Death, (exhibition catalogue). Edited by Milentie Pantilovski. Skopje : Museum of contemporary art Skopje, Euro-Balkan Institute Press, Skopje, Macedonia, 2011. 35-39.

Rossa, Boryana. “Critically About the Critical Art,” Kultura Weekly, No. 40 (2613), Nov 19th, 2010.

Rossa, Boryana.  “BAZA awards for a Third Time”, Kultura Weekly, No. 28 (2601), July 23rd, 2010.

Rossa, Boryana.  “Corpus Extremus (Life+)” Leonardo -On-Line, May 1st, 2009.

Rossa, Boryana. “On Corpus Extremus (Life+)” Exhibition publication, New York: Exit Art, 2009.

Rossa, Boryana. “Entertainment, propaganda, experiment. The technological and social foundations of creative work using video technology.” In Transitland: Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989 – 2009, Edited by Edit Andras. Budapest : Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, 2009. 120-135.

Rossa, Boryana. “Histories and Bodies: How to Make the Local International.” n.paradoxa.  January 2009. Vol. 23. London. 45-55.

Rossa, Boryana. “Obscurum Per Obscurius or When Is the Dialogue Possible.” Christianity and Culture Journal. VII (2008) , No. 6. Sofia. 23-35.

Rossa, Boryana. “Ruination or Bondage: Censorship is Now Different.” Kultura Weekly. No. 25 (2464), 28 June, 2007.

Rossa, Boryana. “About the Living and the Dead. Review of the exhibition at Sfumato.” CULT.BG. July 12th. 2005.

Rossa, Boryana. “Demonic Blood – MSAG Performances in Toronto.” INTRO Magazine. September, 2004. 52-55.