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Performances of Death

Hunger Strikes, Discipline, and Democracy

Amanda Machin

“The hunger strike and the fast are reflective experiences, performances of death in which we see ourselves.” ( Grant 2019: 1 ) “We have now learned our power to starve ourselves out of prison, and this power we shall use.” (Christobel

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Literary Readings as Performance

On the Career of Contemporary Writers in the New Ireland

Helena Wulff

Drawing on an anthropological study of the social organisation of the world of Irish writers, this article investigates the literary reading as performance which has become central for the career and promotion of contemporary writers. How is the reading - live as well as recorded - constituted, and how is it experienced from the writer's point of view? The data are derived from participant observation and interviews at literary festivals and conferences, writers' retreats, book launches and more informal situations with writers, as well as from fiction and essays by the writers. For this article, I asked some of the writers to write short texts on the reading. It turned out that the frames of the reading as performance reach beyond the reading event, and also that a reading includes elements of risk, such as not attracting a big enough audience or performing badly. Finally, the article considers the changing role of the ethnographer.

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Corporeal performance in contemporary ethnonationalist movements

The changing body politic of Basque and Catalan secessionism

Mariann Vaczi and Cameron J Watson

Over the past ten years, the Catalan independence movement has intensified and gained considerable social support. State–region relations hit bottom in late 2019, when demonstrations and night street fights occurred as a result of the Constitutional Court decision to imprison Catalan pro‐independence politicians. In the Basque Country, a reverse process may be observed: after decades of its violent ‘Troubles’, the Basque Country now enjoys peace and channels its pro‐independence politics in formal directions. Beyond discursive messages, the Basque and Catalan movements have deployed body techniques to call attention to their political objectives. The historically changing moods and dispositions of the two movements may be traced through the corporeal performance techniques they have chosen as their symbols and allegories. The hand, palm, fist, skin, touch and verticality become ideological configurations that reproduce political imaginaries that express the dispositions, risks and desires of nationalist constructions.

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Why Curating Live Arts Now

(on contingency and curation)

Adam Kinner

Figure 1. The “placeholder” cover for TURBA' s initial call for submissions. Pictured: performance documentation, Car c'est par la fragilité que la révolution œuvre , choreography by Adam Kinner & Noémie Solomon, performed by Adam Kinner

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Antti Lindfors

This paper explores one particular approach to satire in stand-up comedy, a popular cultural genre of oral performance, which is at the intersection of emotion and ethics. It is suggested that morally charged emotional language is particularly situated in stand-up due to the interactionally engaging features of this genre. The argument consists in framing satire as a practice and performance of moral accountability. The analysis explores how the invocation and potential dramatization of moral accountability and (intentional) agency dialectically enhance the emotional and moral efficacy of satire, and why certain habitual practices constitute fruitful targets for satire. Several cases are presented to examine how satire gives rise to dialectic of moral accountability and emotion through the use of specific stylistic and textual devices.

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Queer Migration and the Performance of Crime and Illegality

Matthew Abbey

anonymous artist in Berlin (Anonymous Ka 2019), I argue that the performance of crime and illegality disrupts the demand for queer migrants to perform the role of the “good,” law-abiding migrant who desires inclusion into the nation. On the one hand

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Performances of Closeness and the Staging of Resistance with Mainstream Music

Analyzing the Symbolism of Pandemic Skeptical Protests

Anna Schwenck

restrictions not simply as a temporary suspension of physical proximity but as an assault on social connections within what they define as the Volk (the people) and as an indicator that a new form of totalitarianism is nigh. I further focus on “performances

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Common Purpose

Performance and Curation as Allied Socially Engaged Practices

Brogan Bunt

If performance and curation have now entered into new, more intimate relation, it is because both fields, as well as the wider social, critical, and artistic context have shifted. It is not as though the issues associated with their traditional

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Documentary Filmmakers as Characters

Corporeal Presence, Performance and Seriality

Nahuel Ribke

Despite the substantial on-screen presence of documentary filmmakers in their own productions, the analysis of filmmakers’ corporeal presence and performance in their own documentary films hasn't yet been fully explored. Following Carl Plantinga

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Coming to Our Senses

From the Birth of the Curator Function to Curating Live Arts

Ed McKeon

practices within the museum's “expanded field.” That is, the invention of Performance Art and Sound Art among others as visual practices distinct from the performing arts and their traditions was a curatorial construct. In brief, the role consolidated the