Book Talk | "TACTICAL PERFORMANCE: The Theory and Practice of Serious Play" by L.M. Bogad

Book Talk | " TACTICAL PERFORMANCE: The Theory and Practice of Serious Play" by L.M. Bogad

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TACTICAL PERFORMANCE explores the history, ethics, aesthetics, and practical concerns of tactical performance and creative activism. The powerful sociodramas created by the American Civil Rights Movement and the American Indian Movement create a framework for this talk, followed by other major groundbreaking groups such as the Yippies, the Wobblies and ACT-UP. Bogad also examines these groups’ more ridiculous and contemporary descendants such as Billionaires for Bush, Reclaim the Streets, The Clown Army, and the Yes Men, as well as the grim and gripping actions by Iraq Veterans Against the War and 1000 Coffins. Bogad draws on 20 years of experience as an artist-activist, having worked with most of the contemporary groups he discusses as a writer, performer and strategist.

L.M. Bogad is Professor of Political Performance at U.C. Davis. He is the author of the books Tactical Performance: The Theory and Practice of Serious PlayElectoral Guerrilla Theatre: Radical Ridicule and Social MovementsCOINTELSHOW: A Patriot Act, and of performances such as ECONOMUSIC: KEEPING SCORE, HAYMARKET, SANTIAGO 9/11, and GGPS: The Guillermo Gómez-Peña Global Positioning System. Bogad is a veteran of the Lincoln Center Director's Laboratory and cofounder of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 7-9pm

Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003