The performance hangout is a hybrid social and theatrical concept combining pop music, dance, sculpture and “hanging out” across different 'live' media including streaming online, whatsapp and in IRL.
It’s the absolute non-event for the attention economy of surveillance theatres, ‘click bait’ users and precariat ‘scrollers’; where focus lies on the spectacles of internet communities, open-source productions, synchronised swimming, and what boybands get up to offstage, in your dreams.
Drawing on combined methods of “live fictioning”, altered duration, non-accumulative choreography and “being together”, the performance hangout imagines an alternate space-time– a future imaginary set against a culture of high performance anxiety, corporate engagement imperatives and the global rise in populism tt asks: what kind of art and life might be imagined beyond such agendas? (What would this look like? What would this entail?): without losing the fantasy of unity and erotics, or the communal luxury of time beyond work and leisure.
Concept by Owen G. Parry with spoken contributions from:
Julia Bardsley (Lecturer in Performance, Queen Mary, University of London)
Glyn Davies (Chancellor’s Fellow and Reader, School of Design, University of Edinburgh)
Eirini Kartsaki (Lecturer in Theatre & Performance, East 15, University of Essex)
Katie Hawthorn (Music Journalist and PhD Candidate in English, University of Edinburgh)
Ben Fletcher-Watson, (IASH, University of Edinburgh)
Guy Stevenson (Postdoctoral fellow at IASH, University of Edinburgh)
Livestream part 1: https://twitter.com/IASH_Edinburgh/status/1143126811959812096?s=20
Livestream part 2: https://twitter.com/IASH_Edinburgh/status/1143177011487268865?s=20
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