A Silent Shout: Metamodern Forms of Activism in Contemporary Performance

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Drayton, T. 2019. A Silent Shout: Metamodern Forms of Activism in Contemporary Performance . Artspraxis. 5 (2), pp. 169-184.
AuthorsDrayton, T.
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There has been a recent and notable trend within contemporary performance spheres for artists to respond to various sociological, economic and political crises by creating participatory, community engaged performances. This article addresses how specific contemporary performance as activism projects have now evolved to respond to, and have been affected by, the emerging concept of the metamodern. By focusing on two 2017 productions, Mem Morrison’s Silencer and LaBeouf, Rönnkö & Turner’s HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US, this article argues that the metamodern oscillation between sincerity and irony, as laid down by Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker, has become an integral component in these artists’ performance-based activism. This article examines these performances in context with other politically engaged, participatory performance trends as well as the emerging concept of the metamodern in political and cultural spheres. The study offers a new insight into current practice formed upon the interstice of the metamodern and youth politics, and how performance as activism can be (re)defined within the current political landscape.

Keywordstheatre; metamodernism; politics; activism
JournalArtspraxis
Journal citation5 (2), pp. 169-184
ISSN1552-5236
Year2019
PublisherNew York University
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