This text examines the meaning of the word performance in the 21st century. The author asserts that there is a relationship between cultural, organizational and technological performance and demonstrates that all three operate together to create powerful and contradictory pressures.
Jon McKenzie is Visiting Professor of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, where he teaches courses on globalization, experience design, and organizational performance. He also consults as a strategist in the new media industry. His essays include Laurie Anderson for Dummies and Towards a Sociopoetics of Interface Design: etoy, eToys, TOYWAR.