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Imperialism • Totalitarianism • Fascism • Colonialism
Democracy • Terror • Communism • Globalization
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•Imperialism (This area was not covered in our class and needs
future development on this site)
Definition: Basic, from Encyclopedia Encarta
Bodies: “Have a Coca-Cola = ¿Qué Hay, Amigo?” image.
•Totalitarianism (This section is a large case study on Argentina’s Dirty War - 1976-1982).
Definition: the minimum requirements for totalitarianism.
Cited: Louis Menand, Carl Friedrich, Hannah Arendt.
Case Study #1: Teatro Abierto by Diana Taylor.
Case Study #2: “The Escrache is an Intervention on Collective Ethics” by Diego Benegas. Keywords: Public shaming, H.I.J.O.S., derivation of “escrache” and its many incarnations; collective action; the neighborhood as political space; individual and collective responsibility for political action and response. Cited: Susana Kaiser, Diana Taylor.
Bodies: Examples from Argentina’s Dirty War:
“Gendering The Enemy” and “Percepticide” by Diana Taylor.
Space: “Teatro Abierto” by Diana Taylor.
Technology: “Coercive Techniques in Argentina’s Dirty War” and Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo uses of science to recupperate their kidnapped grandchildren. Text and research: Marsha Gall. Keywords: Nazi Germany, Concentration camps; torture; interrogation; DNA as resistance; C.I.A. training. On-line references.
Resistance: Images from Argentina. Case Study #1: (In Spanish) “El Espectáculo de la Memoria: Trauma, Performance y Política” by Diana Taylor. Keywords: Memory as resistance, Performance as the codification of cultural and historic memory; Performance as resistance: Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo and H.I.J.O.S.; Los Escraches (public shamings). Case Study #2: “The Escrache is an Intervention on Collective Ethics” by Diego Benegas. Keywords: Public shaming, H.I.J.O.S., derivation of “escrache” and its many incarnations; collective action; the neighborhood as political space; individual and collective responsibility for political action and response. Cited: Susana Kaiser, Diana Taylor.
Interactive Web Project: “Stranger Information: A project based on Griselda Gambaro’s ‘Information For Foreigners’” by Lián Amaris Sifuentes. Keywords: conceptual web art, political performance, multi-media performance; resistance; theater.
Definition: Characteristics, “How to do Fascism”, Performance of
Fascism; Fascist scholarship and speech trends; Fascist Economic System; A Comparison of Two Paradigms (Fascism and Colonialism)
-Fascist tendencies in the U.S.: post 9/11. Postings from the “Political Performance” Web board: “Sporting Fascism” by Kavita Kulkami; “U.S. National Unity and Fascism” by Lián A. Sifuentes; “Modern Realities, Army Aesthetics” by Lucian Gomol; “T-shirt Journalism and Fascism” by Raquel Gutiérrez
-Fascism: International Contexts: Postings from the “Political Performance” web board: “Contemporary Fascism: North Korea” by Atsuko Miyawaki; Argentina: “It’s 10pm Do You Know Where Your Children Are?” by Diego Benegas; “Fascism and the Dominican Republic” by Karen Jaime; India: “Framing Fascism: Portraits in Parliament” by Shayoni Mitra.
-Case Study #1:Fashion: “Fashion’s Fascist Response in WWII Britain” by Amanda Baker-Vande Brake, “Dress as a manifestation of society’s values”. Cited: Guy Debord, Valerie Mendes and Amy de la Haye, Rebecca Arnold.
Paper: “The Dance of Fascism: Drill Teams and Religious Fundamentalism” by Crystal Davis. Cited: Gunter Berghaus, Ed Doerr. Keywords: Texas drill teams, teenage girls; ethnography; choreography; dance; business; ritual; Christian performance and ideology, fundamentalism.
Space: Comments and web-gesture by Nina Mankin.
Keywords: Stadiums, Network Marketing, Football.
Technology: methods of ideological dissemination (propaganda Nazi.) Text by Marsha Gall.
Resistance: “Empty Boots/Missing Body Politics” by Sady Sullivan.
Keywords: Activism; War in Iraq; Tropes of fascism; American Friends Service Committee; Chicago. Cited: Franz Fanon, Berghaus, Hannah Arendt; Griffin; Joseph Goebbels.
Resources: Bullet-point annotation of works by Louis Althusser, Walter Benjamin, Bertolt Brecht and Theodor Adorno. Also Bibliography and Links.
Definition: Characteristics: sexual, geographical; religious; military; cultural; economic. Dichotomy: Colonizer/Native.
Cited: Franz Fanon, Christopher Columbus.
Papers/Case Studies: Case Study #1: "Control of The Quipo" by Rose Yndigoyen, Case Study #2: “Contemporary Colonialism A View From The East" by Atsuko Miyawaki. Cited: Kumagome Takeshi, Erica Stevens Abbitt. Keywords: War in Iraq, Japan as colonist, Japanese War crimes tribunal; the contemporary Japanese art scene (what is “Avant-garde”?). Case Study #3: "White Indians" 16th Century colonialist painting.
Bodies: Bodies as site of conquest and of resistance; hybrid bodies. Cited: Franz Fanon
Space: Control; dividing and reorganizing indigenous geography.
Cited: N’gugi Wa Thiong’o
Technology: Navigation and written text as techniques of the Colonial. Text: Marsha Gall.
Cited: Angel Rama, Jacques Derrida, Diana Taylor.
Resistance: Techniques of The Body: Acts of Resistance.
-Augusto Boal: Theater of the Oppressed workshop at N.Y.U.
Resources: Bibliography and links.
Humor: Satire. Political Cartoons: India, Benjamin Franklin.
•Democracy (This area was not covered in our class and needs
future development on this site)
Definition: Basic definition from the Encyclopedia Encarta, (this comes up when you click the photo/links on the main page.)
Case Study #1: Margaret Cho. “Laughter, Visibility, and Not Not Abjection: Margaret Cho’s Stand-up Comedy as Oscillating Political Performance” by Lucian Gomoll. Cited: John Limon, Julia Kristeva, Doveanna Fulton; James Olney; Faith Ringgold; Richard Schechner; Quentin Tarantino; José Muñoz. Everyday Images: What We See in New York.
Bodies: Case Study #1: Venezuela. “Bodies on the March”
by Fernando Calzadilla.
Space: no content.
Technology: no content.
Resistance: Photo and caption on “Superbarrio and Diana Taylor”.
Link to Superbarrio’s speech. Link to Margaret Cho paper (see above) Case Study #1: Human Shields, "Image Wars and Real Wars:
Mr. Bush's war of words, and my discussions with an Iraqi and an American human shield" by Kristin Norderval. Case Study #2: Some Musical Responses to the Current Political Climate.
Images: no content.
Humor: -“Satire/Parody as Political Intervention”
Case Study: “Postmodern Parody as Political Intervention: Billionaires for Bush” by Kavita Kulkami (not yet posted). Political Cartoons.
Definition: Opening web gesture of photos and questions
Case Studies: India:“Phoolan Devi/Bandit Queen.”
Palestine: Rachel Corrie and the International Solidarity Movement.
Mexico: “Los Zapatistas.” Chechnya: Chechen Rebels take over the Moscow Art Theatre.
Student Project/Paper: “Disappearance in Guantanamo Bay.” Web Gesture by Nina Mankin and Alexei Taylor, paper by Amina Henry. This is a “brief summary and explanation of the issues involved in the Guantanamo Bay internments.” Keywords: Escrache, “war on terror”, legal status, Geneva Convention (definitions), Cuba, “lawful” and “unlawful” combatants.
Bodies: the body as the central target for terrorism. Keywords:
psychological terror, physical terror, corporeal damage; collateral damage; post-traumatic stress disorder, martyrdom, racial and religious markings on the body. Links: On-line examples of terror on the body, “This is not a joke: Homeland Security”, “Repercussions of fear: Duct tape safety”, “Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome”, “Sexual Terrorism”, “Ethnicity as Body Marker”, “Racial Profiling Post 9/11”, Palestinian Resistance”, “U.S.A. Patriot Act”.
Space: Terror through spectacle. Links: On-line examples of terror through spectacle: “Homeland Security (color) Advisory System”, “Spatial Technologies”, “The Geography of Terror”, “The Terror of The Body in Digital Space”, “Homeland Security Affects on Spatial Information”.
Technology: As both producer of terror and protector against it. Video games and terror. On-line links to digital technology and terror: “Terrorex 04”, “Robot Terror”, “Facial Recognition”, “Military Battle”, “Wire Tap”, “Patriot Act II”, “Data Mining”.
Resistance: “Good” and “Bad” terror: state sanctioned acts of terror
and terror as resistance. On-line links: “Bush’s War on Terror: The Patriot Act”, “War In Chechnya”, “Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo”, “Anti-war Demonstrations: against Iraq”, “9/11 Commision”, “Peaceful Tomorrows”, “The Scholar and Feminist Online”, “Not in Our Name”, “Surveillance Camera Players”, “Memora activa (Active Memory)”.
Resources: Links, Bibliography and photo credits.
•Communism (This area was not covered in our class and needs
future development on this site.)
Definition: Basic definition from the Encyclopedia Encarta, (this comes up when you click the photo/links on the main page.
Definition: Keywords: G6, G8; GATT; WTO. Related terms and References. Cited: Andre Giddens.
-Papers/Case Studies: Case Study #1 “Desert Utopia: A Radical Vanishing Act: Performing Utopian Ideaologies in The Black Rock Desert” by Rachel Bowditch. Burning Man in three scenarios. Burning Man as Counter-Empire. Burning Man in the historical context of utopian communities. Cited: Oscar Wilde, Larry Harvey, Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri. Case Study #2 "BEING AGAINST: (in) The Presence of the Multitude." by Marsha Gall. Argentina 2001-2004. Embodied politics and the future of Democracy in Post-Dictatorship societies. Debates around the concept of the Multitude. Global enthusiasm and local criticism. Keywords: political performance, democracy, activism, grassroot movements, neoliberalism as genocide, economic crisis, State violence, street protest, performance as disappearance, performance as acts of transfer, eventfullness. Case Study #3 "Soldier Suicide as Political Statement" by Sady Sullivan. Soldiers in Iraq who took their own lives are calling out to the wider community to investigate why so many find themselves in a situation where death is their most empowered choice. Keywords: PTSD, Gender, Military, Reserves, Suicide, Media, Class, Iraq, Morale, war. Case Study #4 "What We See in NYC" by Mila Aponte-González, Megan Auster-Rosen & Olga Sasplugas. Everyday images in NY. Keywords: fascism, vernacular performance. Case Study #5 "Postmodern Parody as Political Intervention: A Case Study of Billionaires for Bush." by Kavita Kulkarni. Keywords: humor, political movilization, activism, electoral processes.
Bodies: Ease of product and digital media movement/ corresponding dis-ease of physical bodies crossing boundaries; physical sacrifice (in war) for religious ideals.
Keywords: Complicity, transnational corporations; boundaries and borders; “Empire”. Cited: Guy Debord, Jael Silliman, Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Ryszard Kapuscinski.
Technology: The digital information age. Economies without borders. Global activism. Text: Marsha Gall. Cited: Saskia Sassen. Keywords: online activism, electronic markets, networks, de-territorialization.
Space: “The globe is a massive network of spatial markings and trade routes.” Cited: Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Arjun Appadurai, Louis-Ferdinand Celine.
Resources: On-line activism; Off-line activism; Flow Economies, “Escrache” to Cavallo; Bibliography (general); and On-line Bibliography on Capitalism and Globablization.
Resistance: “Grass-roots Globalization”