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The Dead Are Coming: Political Performance Art, Activist Remembrance and Dig(ital) Protests
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (DIGSUM)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9572-5922
2018 (English)In: Performance and Civic Engagement / [ed] Anada Breed and Tim Prentki, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, p. 159-185Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter approaches the work of the Berlin-based Centre for Political Beauty [Zentrum Politische Schönheit] (CPB) with respect to the notion of ‘activist citizenship’. It considers one of the CPB’s political artworks—The Dead Are Coming [Die Toten Kommen]—which took place in June 2015, in terms of the politics of public mourning and contextualises it against a deeper genealogy of the performative use of digging as a form of protest in Berlin connected to the active remembrance of Germany’s negative twentieth-century past. In turn, the chapter argues that The Dead Are Coming not only represented an ‘act of citizenship’ but also a form of ‘activist remembrance’‚ which involved processes of mediatised performative commemoration. This emergent genre of commemoration is then introduced in more detail, before some of its digital gestural remains are mapped in order to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the artwork.

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. p. 159-185
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Media Studies Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociology; medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-142210OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-142210DiVA, id: diva2:1160244
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Social Media as Shared Spaces for Collective Coping project (MAW 2012.0151)
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Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation, MAW 2012.0151Available from: 2017-11-25 Created: 2017-11-25 Last updated: 2018-06-09

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