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Title: Playing on the edge : an investigation into cultural provocation and the practice of provocative artists
Author: Mason, Bim
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2013
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Playing On The Edge is an investigation into the practice of specific performance provocateurs and the wider nature of cultural provocation. It aims to articulate what occurs and argue that provocation can play an important function in the process of renewal, both for individuals and for societies. In particular it examines provocateurs who work in popular performance because the fine tuning of practice has to be more acute to be acceptable and because the effects are more wideranging. It refers to the work of Banksy, Sacha Baron Cohen and clown-activist Leo Bassi. It also draws on Mason's own work over twenty-five years as performer, teacher and creator. It explores different kinds of challenge and forms of popularity, the power negotiations involved in the relationship between a provocateur and those who are provoked and the implications of maintaining a position on an edge. It draws attention to similarities between complexity theories and cultural theories of play and risk, in so doing it argues for a correlation between the two approaches. Using this correlation it arrives at three, inter-related analogies of 'edge' which reveal an oscillation between structure and fluidity in practice, the ambivalent combinations of these in a single moment and the potential opportunities and problems these offer.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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