News: Course “Performance, participation and politics” at the University of Helsinki 26.3.-23.4.2012

I will teach an MA Theatre Research course on participatory performance and its (possible) relevance to political action at the University of Helsinki, Finland, 26.3.-23.4. 2012 (in Finnish). We will discuss both historical and contemporary theoretical perspectives on the relationships between participatory art practices and politics and analyze various kinds of participatory projects ranging from experimental Live Art events to clown doctors, urban street actions and the Complaints Choir movement.

What do we actually mean when we talk about “participatory” art and performance practices and their problematic?
How does participation relate to ideas of “democracy” and “empowerment” in specific cultural and spatiotemporal contexts?
Which institutional and philosophical assumptions underlie the ever-increasing interest in participatory approaches among contemporary artists?

Rousseau, Schiller, Brecht, Boal, Bourriaud, Rancière & co… here we come… Exciting!!!

Happy New Year 2012 to all blog readers!

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About Joonas Lahtinen

Joonas Lahtinen (* 1984, FIN/A) is a performance artist, director and researcher who lives and works in Vienna and Helsinki. His performances are often site-specific and have a strong installational character. In his works, he explores the politics of space and of the everyday from perspectives that are both humorous and disturbing. Joonas has studied Performance at Queen Mary, University of London and he is writing a PhD thesis about the problematic of “emancipatory” participative art at the University of Helsinki. Since 1995, he has performed in various Live Art, theatre and TV productions both in Finland and abroad.
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