A Live Gathering: Performance and Politics in Contemporary Europe
edited by Ana Vujanović with Livia Andrea Piazza

2019 · 256 S. · · ISBN 978-3-942214-29-2  Preis 20,- €


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’.

Part I : What is people’s gathering to democracy?
– Isabell Lorey – The power of the presentist-performative: on current democracy movements
– Bojana Cvejic – The procedural, the prescriptive and the prefigurative performance: some reflections on the question of time of political action
- Bojana Kunst – Performance, institutions and gatherings: Between democratic and technocratic european cultural space

Part II : The new politicality of performance: the time of gathering, (re)creative labour and the domestic
– Stina Nyberg – A live gathering dictionary
– Ana Vujanovic – Performances that matter: from pubLic sphere to creative Labour
– Giulia Palladini – on coexisting, mending and imagining: notes on the domestics of performance
– Livia Andrea Piazza – Performance and Liveness: A Politics of the meantime
– VaLeria Graziano – Recreation at stake

Part III : Radiation Patterns of Performance
– FLorian MaLzacher – Theatre as assembly: Spheres of radical imagination and pragmatic utopias
– Goran Sergej Pristaš – The view from matter
– Silvia Bottiroli – An undecidable object heading elsewhere