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Performing Revolutionary

Art, Action, Activism

The result of five years of practice-based creative research focused on Nicole Garneau’s UPRISING project, Performing Revolutionary presents a number of methods for the creation of politically charged interactive public events in the style of a how-to guide. UPRISING, a series of public demonstrations in eight locations in the United States and five in Europe, involved thousands of voluntary participants who came together to create radical change through performance art. Bringing together accounts by participants, writers, theorists, artists, and activists, as well as photographs and critical essays, Performing Revolutionary offers a fresh perspective on the challenges of moving from critique to action.

224 pages | 21 color plates, 45 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2018

Art: Art--General Studies

Culture Studies

Gay and Lesbian Studies

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Table of Contents

Nicole Garneau

UPRISING: Encounters with Revolutionary Unity and Beauty (An Appreciation)
Anne Cushwa

Revolutionary Practice #

 Balance Weeks of War with Acts of Love. Turn That into a Working Methodology

Interjection: Love Letter to Beets
Nicole Garneau

 Invite Radical Truth Telling

 Call for Volunteers; Build a Temporary Ensemble

 Claim the Title Activist

 Engage the People

 Say the Word Revolution

 Liberate Our Sexual Encounters

 Occupy Public Spaces without Permission

Interjection: Remember That Cops Are Human Beings
Nicole Garneau

 Support Radicals of Color

 Honor Revolutionaries and Revolutionary History

A Look at the Importance of Feminist Art Activism in the Work of Nicole Garneau
Anne Cushwa

 Envision the World in Which We Want to Live

 Sing Movement Songs

 Make Space for Children

 Let Love Help Make the Art

 Stop Caring about Whether or not It Is Corny


 Ask Questions. Listen Compassionately

Interjection: All the Questions
Nicole Garneau

 Respect the Earth and the Beets That Grow in Her

 Produce Beautiful Images

 Create Our Own Meaningful Ceremonies. (And Then Get Called Out for Cultural Appropriation)

 Do Not Add More Events to the Calendar

 Violate Norms of Time and Space

 Give Thanks

 Bring the Shadow to Light

 Sing on Revolution Square

 Sweeten the Deal with Cookies

 Speak Bravely in spite of Obstacles

 Give Back to the Grass Roots

 Share Queer History in Queer Spaces

 Put it on a Flag and Send It Out on the Wind

 Be Active in Service of Struggle

Reflection on UPRISING #31
Anne Cushwa

 Remember the Guidance of Elders

 Enact the Kinds of Relationships We Want with Other People

 Revolutionize Gender

 Keep It Silent and Unobtrusive

 Facilitate Rituals of Release

 Make the Road by Walking

 Personalize the Revolution

Reflection on UPRISING #38
Nicole Coffineau

 Sew It by Hand

 Re-enact Revolutionary History

 Understand That We Will Never Fit in One Box

 Construct Metaphors of Community Repair

 Recharge Hearts while Protesting Torture

 Use Your Body to Remember Murdered Bodies

 Name Your Gifts to the World

 When a Youth-Led, Liberatory, Anti-Capitalist Revolutionary Movement Starts, Join Immediately

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