Performance Constellations: Memory and Event in Digitally Enabled Protest

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Abstract

This essay analyzes the development of the relationship between performance and digital media within protest movements in the Americas. I track digital media's role in constituting what I call “performance constellations.” Performance constellations complicate previous definitions of performance as acts of transfer in order to account for hybrid, networked, and decentered protest performances. Focusing on 1990s hacktivism within the Zapatista rebellion and on social media practices during the 2011 Chilean student protests, I demonstrate that by dis-locating bodies and events, performance constellations constitute important reworkings of time and space outside of neoliberal management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-42
JournalText and Performance Quarterly
Volume35
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2015

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