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Mustafa Y vs. Secretary of State: Live Art and the Politics of Inclusion

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journal COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI
issue COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI - 2019 - 1. Playing Inclusion
title Mustafa Y vs. Secretary of State: Live Art and the Politics of Inclusion
author
publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
language English
online since 05-2019
doi 001200_000045
issn 03928667 (print) | 18277969 (digital)
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This article is an investigation of how Live Art performance can add insight into attempts to include the ‘real’, in this context the social reality of migration and the refugee. Based on a reflective analysis of the performance of Mustafa Y vs. Secretary of State, the article proposes that Live Art exists in between professional and social theatre. Immersive Live Art performances were structured around the legal process of asylum, one that trespasses across the boundary of documentary and fictional performance practice. The purpose, however, was not to get the ‘participant’ audiences to change whatever may be their political view. Engaging with Jacques Rancière on the relationship between politics and aesthetics, and Giorgio Agamben’s concept of bare life, they were an investigation of how Live Art can alter the structures of seeing and challenge notions of national identity and political rights, arguably adding to a process of creating more inclusivity for asylum seekers and refugees.

keywords

Live Art; performance; participants; dissensus; emancipated spectator; citizen; non-citizen; bare life; asylum

Author biography

janinamoninska@xs4all.nl

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