Talk, Write, Sing, Act: Performance and Social Change
The human actor has specific projects, aims and things to accomplish. The interpretation, expression or reinvention of human life, subject to material and hierarchical constraints, may be played out in real or metaphoric forms. How do agents of cultural creativity and resistant expressions witness, confront and shape social life in contemporary Argentina? This paper will discuss recent cultural projects of selected (non mainstream) individuals and groups in Argentina and their enactment of the spectacle of their subjective social identities and experiences, which not only make sense of and derive meanings for their participants’ quotidian lives, but also expose the ambiguity of sociocultural traditions in Argentina. These traditions are also being re-imagined by mainstream artists and writers, animating new perspectives and inquiry in their domains of belonging.
Keywords: Identity, Cultural Change, Resistance, Performance
Dr. Faye Bendrups
Lecturer, Performance Studies, Victoria University