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Constructing barricades and creating borderline events


Hannah, DM, Constructing barricades and creating borderline events, Theatre and Performance Design, 1, (1-2) pp. 126-143. ISSN 2332-2551 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/23322551.2015.1032501


This article articulates how an expanded conception of scenography is capable of critiquing our built environments in order to disclose architecture’s role in reinforcing power structures, socially sanctioned behaviours and geopolitical cartographies. By adopting a ‘broad spectrum approach’ we are able to recognize that those constructing our world – the architects, planners, engineers, builders, technicians, manufacturers, suppliers and politicians – tend to be complicit in spatially suppressing our motility, flexibility and expressivity. Scrutinizing our contemporary borderline condition, alongside constructed and deconstructed barricades created by artists, designers and architects, unearths a critique of how our public performances are limited and controlled. Positing the barricade as an architectural and social formation allows us to consider its shifting political implications seen in public artworks that are aligned with Rubió Ignaci Solŕ-Morales’ concept of ‘weak architecture’ as a productively scenographic approach to spatial analysis and its mediation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:barricades, performance design, scenography, west bank wall, public art
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Visual arts
Research Field:Performance art
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
UTAS Author:Hannah, DM (Professor Dorita Hannah)
ID Code:102830
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2015-09-08
Last Modified:2017-11-17

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