The Art of Being Many – Towards a New Theory and Practice of Gathering


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Since 2010 the world has witnessed new ways of assembling, which may not have led to the political changes many had hoped for, but have proved hugely significant. This book acknowledges them as a starting point for a new art of being many, where the “many” invoke new concepts of collectivity by renegotiating their modes of participation and (self-)presentation and by rewriting rhetorical, choreographic, and material scripts of assembling. This volume is inspired and informed by the square-occupations and neighbourhood assemblies of the “real democracy” movements as well as by recent explorations of the assembly form in performance art and participatory theatre.

geheimagentur is an open collective working in Performance Art, Cultural Studies, and activism. Martin Jörg Schäfer teaches Literature and Performance Studies at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Vassilis S. Tsianos teaches sociology at the University for Applied Sciences Kiel, Germany.

Published by [Transcript], 2016. 250 pages, paperback, 14.8 x 2.2 x 22.5cm.
ISBN 978-3-8376-3313-9

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Weight 461.0 kg