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Performing (in)visibilities in public space : reflections on the social and aesthetic agenda of contemporary performance art in Johannesburg

Siegenthaler, Fiona. (2013) Performing (in)visibilities in public space : reflections on the social and aesthetic agenda of contemporary performance art in Johannesburg. In: Living the city in Africa : processes of invention and intervention. Zürich, pp. 253-270.

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Abstract

This essay examines a particular kind of city dweller and his/her (self-)reflective mode of agency: the performance artists. In particular, it focuses on artists who engage with the city of Johannesburg through their own body and capacity of interaction. Theirs is a practice of performative intervention into spatial and social contexts in order to question given ideas of the city and to unlock new potential spaces of sociability, even normality. It asks on what assumptions the performances are based, and with which strategies the artists attempt to visualize given ideas about the city.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Ethnologie > Visuelle und politische Ethnologie (Förster)
UniBasel Contributors:Siegenthaler, Fiona
Item Type:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
Publisher:LIT Verlag
ISBN:978-3-643-80152-4
Series Name:Schweizerische Afrikastudien
Issue Number:10
Note:Variant title: Performing invisibilities in public space -- Variant title: Performing visibilities in public space -- Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Book item
Language:English
Last Modified:06 Dec 2016 15:16
Deposited On:25 Apr 2014 08:01

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