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Title: Lost luggage : cartographies of self and other in performance
Author: Piasecki, Simon
Awarding Body: University of Roehampton
Current Institution: University of Roehampton
Date of Award: 2012
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The thesis examines contexts of belonging as they operate relatively between Self and Other. It theorises around a body of practice in ‘auto-performance’ that has developed over the span of a decade in response to a powerful shift in my sense of identity and place following a key discovery in 2000. This autobiographical context is placed relatively against contemporary political shifts in notions of place and belonging in the wake of key events such as 9/11, the Balkan conflict and the fall of the Soviet Union that preceded it. The manner in which ancestry and culture inform displacement is considered and applied to a consideration of belonging that argues a multiplicity transcending the boundaries of nation. The thesis is, in gesture, an attempt to map the Self through a discourse of performance and is far more concerned with connections in this act of mapping than it is in ends, as such. The works discussed are structured by the discourse rather than by chronology and the thesis unfolds through subsequent discussions of depiction and inscription, cartography and landscape, nomadism and settlement and speech and silence. These discussions shift back and forth in what I have described as a ‘telescopic’ mode between the near and the far, the subjective and the objective, the body and the mind both from the perspective of the audience participant and the performer. This is constantly relative to the consideration of Self and Other and the shift in frames and form of the works. The thesis finally returns Self, through practice as research and personal experience, to a final recognition of Other as an assignation of identity, proposing that difference is crucial to a conference of belonging.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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