"Defying the Self" workshop with Elena Marcevska

In 2011, Time Magazine named the “protester” person of the year, arguing that protest has become “the defining trope of our times” and the protester as “a maker of history”. More than anything, however, this form of resistance is a creative process. As an example Fluxus was a form of resistance, which is inevitable if you want to draw something out or interrogate something different that goes against the mainstream. Resistance is often used in the context of politics, but it is also a form of artistic expression and an artistic tool. During this workshop we will aim to research the topic of “resistance” in a variety of ways and seek to explore how we as artists are able to use this tool for our own artistic practices. In addition to theoretical framework, we too will face our own personal resistance towards ideas, concepts and the other. We will have  discussion about ethical doubts or simply about the matter of taste, by looking at artists and theoreticians like Fluxus, Karen Finley, Teddy Cruz, Dusan Makavejev, Tehching Hsieh, Ron Athey and Rocio Boliver.


Dr. Elena Marcevska is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher (BA, Theatre directing MFA, Performance The School of The Art Institute of Chicago; PhD, University of Northampton). Following her doctoral study on Screen and feminist performance practice, she continued to focus on contemporary multimedia performance practices.

For a number of years, her primary interest was on the use of the screen in performance. Through exploring performances which brought together screen, somatic performance practice and auto ethnography, she has increasingly turned her attention to relationships between performance, female body and digital writing. She is currently working on research about radical self-organised performance practices in South East Europe and their urban manifestation.

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