30 May 2012
Introducing Civic Zones
On The 11th November 2011, the Mavili Collective - a group of artists and theatre makers - occupied the disused theatre building of Embros in Athens, Greece. The occupancy took the form of a practical proposal for a 12-day re-activation programme – a spectrum of activities bringing together artists, theoreticians, architects, and the general public. Those 12 days produced something unexpected: a live space in the city, a diverse community and new potential for Athens’ cultural life.
For this year’s Performance Matters project, I wish to propose a collective exploration of processes, tactics and relations that could produce new potentialities for the role of performance.
Civic Zones is a project that collectively examines the relationship between social disobedience, the civic and performance. This collective exploration will take the form of an ongoing dialogue between myself and Hypatia Vourloumis and will open up towards a diverse range of participants. The dialogue will be documented on the Performance Matters website.
This exploration will be accompanied by a series of projects testing those ideas and creating alternative city networks. Due to the nature of this work, its details, location and participants will remain undisclosed until a later stage.
Information about the project can be found at: http://civiczones.wordpress.com
Footage from the Embros occupation can be found at the following links:
General info for Embros Occupancy: here