Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Performance Art and Modern Political Protest
“War is simply a continuation of political intercourse, with the addition of other means,” Carl von Clausewitz wrote in his famous book on battle strategy, On War. Many misquote that saying more pithily as “War is politics by other means,” but the idea that politics plays out on different battlefields remains true. Several recent performance pieces responding to political issues in America make a case for performance art as politics by other means, too. From Dread Scott's performance On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide (shown above) tackling the long history and sad continuation of racism in America to Emma Sulkowicz’s Mattress Performance: Carry That Weight challenging America, especially
to address the issue of rape, performance artists are creating
powerfully direct pieces that visualize and humanize sometimes faceless
and forgotten issues. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Performance Art and Modern Political Protest."