Activist Peformance Blogging Event



Title: Activist Performance Blogging Event in association with University of Manchester Department of Drama
Location: MadLab
Description: A collective blogging event with a group of artists, activists, researchers.
Date: 10-07-2013
Start Time: 14:00
End Time: 20:00


In response to a century that has witnessed a proliferation of theatrical forms of activism, from the occupation of Seattle by an emergent global justice movement in 1999 to the more recent uprisings across the Arab world that led to a million citizens gathering in Tahrir Square in Cairo in 2011, the Activist Performance blog is facilitating a collective blogging event with a group of artists, activists, researchers.

The event will take place from 2pm – 5pm on 10th July 2013, at MadLab in the Northern Quarter of city centre Manchester (click here for directions). Please bring ideas for protest gestures to research, and also (if you have one) a laptop or tablet with wireless capability, as well as any other materials that might form the stimulus for your own or other people’s blogging …Tea and coffee provided!

The day-time activity will be following by an evening event (6 – 8pm) at which there will be a series of short presentations about activist performance. If you would like to attend either or both of the (free) events please

We very much look forward to hearing your questions, comments or blog posts in response to this invitation. If you have any questions please get in touch. For more information, please visit our website or tweet @ActivistPerform

The Activist Performance blog offers the idea of ‘gesture’ as an open-ended stimulus for contributors. Gestures of protest in recent times – camping, occupying, marching, striking, moving in cells (to avoid kettling for example), swarming, dancing, going in disguise, impersonating, playing, staging, chanting, networking, blogging, hacking, tweeting – carry traces of former activist modes, and extend the domains of activism from the public life of the street and the theatre stage, to the private domain of the mobile phone and laptop. This blog explores both the historical traces and contemporary manifestation of gestures of protest.


The aims of the blog are to understand protest movements better, share ideas and stimulate ongoing research and activism. The blog will remain ‘live’ until December 2013, and then be archived as an open access resource.


If you would like to contribute to the blog, email one of us to be registered as an author:


You are welcome to add to, develop and comment on existing content as you see fit. Posts are not limited in length. Brief comments and responses are very welcome – as are longer posts that describe protest gestures in more detail. Feel free to add photos, clips, links, DIY guides, proposals for action, performance essays …


This blog is part of a research project that complements and feeds into a special issue of the journal Contemporary Theatre Review . For more information about this, see the ‘back story’ of the blog.

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