Research, Workshops ongoing
SUNNY PFALZER: GANGS OF PERFORMATIVE ACTIVISM from Akbild Forum on Vimeo.
danseatlier Copenhagen © Rakel Thorning-Vater 2019
with: with Birgitte Skands, Lukas Racky, Nina Adelajda Olczak and Snorre Jeppe Hansen; Danseatelier Copenhagen 2019; Photos by Rakel Thorning-Vater
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Department of performative Arts (c) Sunny Pfalzer2019
with: Luna Ghisetti, Barbara Neu, Mario Strk, Eva Frühling
The hybrid format is a continuation on my inquiry on performative strategies in activism and on the question through which embodied experiences a community can form. The research consits of lectures, discussions and facilitating workshops and labs. It overviews and compares the performative strategies of: activist groups such as Pussy Riot; art collectives such as Guerilla Girls, and the structural approach of projects like Silent University and provides an analysis of the methodologies of performative activism, such as: costume/ anonymity/uniform, collective empathy, common objectives, collaborative actions like singing in a choir. During the labs the groups engages with the methodologies of performative activism, embody them and prepare for an intervention in public space to experience the strength and perils of anonymity, communal bodies and collective identity. The workshops are an attemt to share the desire of moving differently on the street and by that approach the public space through an unusual sensitivity.