Art, performance or theatre – Not…the art of resistance

Regular readers of this blog will be aware of my occasional interest in how theatre blurs into other art forms at the edges, and of how other art forms can influence and create theatre.

One such example can be seen at the moment in the Holden Gallery at MMU in Manchester as part of their current exhibition ‘Not… The Art of Resistance’.

‘Inaugural Speech’ by Andrea Fraser is a video showing the artist giving a speech at an art event in San Diego.  Her speech is made from the perspective of a number of different people – herself, organisers, politician, sponsors.  As the speech progresses she carefully moves from the mundane to the contentious, addressing issues including income inequality, access to art, democracy and corporate power.  This is in effect a  subtle yet powerful monologue.

For those that were present was it art?  Or performance?  Or theatre?

Until 27th February.

Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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