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

conference contribution
posted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by Glenn D'CruzGlenn D'Cruz
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.

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Event

Performing Studies International Conference (15th : 2009 : Zagreb, Croatia)

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PSI

Location

Zagreb, Croatia

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[Zagreb, Croatia]

Start date

2009-06-24

End date

2009-06-28

Language

eng

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L1 Full written paper - refereed (minor conferences)

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2009, PSI

Title of proceedings

PSI 2009 : Proceedings of the 15th Performing Studies International Conference : Misperformance : misfiring, misfitting, misreading

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