Ana Vujanovic, “The Collective Body of the Pandemic: From Whole to (Not) All”, e-flux journal, June 2021
Since the Covid-19 pandemic has had a global reach, spreading through various social strata and geopolitical contexts, nothing makes more sense than to revamp the social imaginary of our collective body. That body is in danger. It is under attack by other species. It is wounded. Its immunity has to be built. It has to be taken care of. It should heal. And it can only heal collectively. At the same time, nothing seems less probable. The wounds that the virus and its long aftermath inflict don’t hurt everyone equally. Immunity is not built equally either. Care is administered unevenly.
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A Live Gathering: Performance and politics in contemporary Europe
edited by Ana Vujanovic, with Livia Piazza,
Berlin: b_books, 2019
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The main question we raise with this book is how performance can be political in present day European representative democracy, a system which no longer draws on the live gathering of people.
Several leading European (mostly female) thinkers analyse artistic practices that have emerged alongside new social movements – such as Solidarity in Greece or Municipalism in Spain – investigating how theatre, dance and performance respond to the new political insights and experiments. It is a context wherein the previously well-known tactics and tools, such as participation, identity politics or spontaneous usage of public space don’t suffice. Thus we must build and learn a new vocabulary of politicality of performance that includes opaque words such as ‘innervation’, ‘preenactment’, ‘prefiguration’ or ‘recreation’.
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