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Bare life in second life : Giorgio Agamben's politics in performance

D'Cruz, Glenn 2009, Bare life in second life : Giorgio Agamben's politics in performance, in PSI 2009 : Proceedings of the 15th Performing Studies International Conference : Misperformance : misfiring, misfitting, misreading, PSI, [Zagreb, Croatia].

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Title Bare life in second life : Giorgio Agamben's politics in performance
Author(s) D'Cruz, GlennORCID iD for D'Cruz, Glenn orcid.org/0000-0002-6438-1725
Conference name Performing Studies International Conference (15th : 2009 : Zagreb, Croatia)
Conference location Zagreb, Croatia
Conference dates 24 - 28 June 2009
Title of proceedings PSI 2009 : Proceedings of the 15th Performing Studies International Conference : Misperformance : misfiring, misfitting, misreading
Publication date 2009
Publisher PSI
Place of publication [Zagreb, Croatia]
Summary This paper describes and analyzes the necessary misreadings of Giorgio Agamben’s account of ‘bare life’ in a recent performance in Melbourne, Australia. The ‘Bare Life’ project deals with Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers with reference to Agamben’s work on sovereign power and uses the on-line second life world as both a metaphor for the refugee’s desire for a new life, and a literal site of performance. The development showing explored the interactions between live performance and second life avatars in real time. This paper deals with the philosophical, ethical and practical problems that emerged during the development, and argues that the ‘misreading’ is an inevitable, but useful part of finding ways to embody philosophical and political ideas in performance.
Language eng
Field of Research 190401 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Performing Arts
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category L1 Full written paper - refereed (minor conferences)
Copyright notice ©2009, PSI
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022658

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