Describes and documents politically inspired art — global art practices that draw attention to grievances and demand the transformation of existing conditions through actions, demonstrations, and performances in public space. Includes essays by leading thinkers, images of art objects, illustrations, documents, and other material as well as case studies by artists and activists.
Part of the Study Room Guide on Live Art and Displacement (P3107).
From the age of Aristotle to the age of AIDS, writers, thinkers, performers and activists have wresteled with what “performance” is all about. At the same moment, “performativity”–a new concept in language theory–has become a ubiquitous term in literary studies. This volume grapples with the nature of these two key terms whose traces can be found everywhere: in the theatre, in the streets, in philosophy, in questions of race and gender, and in the sentences we speak.