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Title: Performances of thought, resistance and support : on the role and potential of performance in the contemporary moment
Author: Paramana, Katerina
Awarding Body: University of Roehampton
Current Institution: University of Roehampton
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis reopens the conversation about the role of art and the artist in relation to society in the contemporary moment. It does so by attempting to reconfigure the relationship of art to politics, the social and ethics. My perspective in writing is that of an artist who wants to rethink and nuance for herself through her own work, by looking at that of other artists and by engaging with recent debates how an artwork may have the potential to effect change in the current economy. I started with these questions: Can the kind of work contemporary artists Tino Sehgal, Jérôme Bel and I make and present in theatres and galleries effect change in the contemporary moment? Where can the potential to effect change in, what is referred as neoliberal capitalism, might be located? What kind of artwork has the potential to effect change?’ Attempting to nuance the role that art can play in society, I examine the specific economy of relations that Sehgal’s, Bel’s and my own work produce within themselves and with the economies in which they are embedded. I suggest that the kind of work Sehgal, Bel and I make and present in theatres and galleries can effect change in the contemporary moment when the economy of relations the artwork produces within itself (the sociality the work creates through its materiality, dramaturgy and relation to the spectator) and with the economies in which it is embedded (the manner in which it is critically situated in relation to its place of presentation and the economies of dance, theatre, art and neoliberal capitalism) creates tension between art, politics, the social and ethics by ‘supporting the “other”’: by questioning its role in these economies and by creating spaces of decision, affect and creative possibility. However, I also emphasise that change requires the actions towards it by multiple actors who are part of multiple iv spheres and who attempt to make it a reality; it also requires that we first pause and think about what dreams we have for the future and our ethics of relation, negotiate the answers, make decisions, organise and act, with the belief that we can change things. Art, I conclude, can play a role not only in reminding us that we can change things, but it can imagine new worlds and poke us into action.
Supervisor: Kelleher, Joe ; Pakes, Anna Sponsor: Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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