Monstrosity: the face of war

Twitchin, Mischa. 2019. Monstrosity: the face of war. Performance Research, 23(8), pp. 88-94. ISSN 1352-8165 [Article]

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During 2018 the centenary of the end of WWI was widely commemorated, engaging with questions of art and politics that continue to haunt conceptions of ‘national memory’, as it transforms history into myth. How might the testimonies of art and activism resist this ‘glorifying’ process? What kind of performance research finds expression in the form of an anti-war manifesto? Addressing disfigurement, as presenting the real ‘face of war’, how might the memory of flesh – its mutilation rather than any ‘memorial’ – make appeal to conscience, distinct from the ‘patriotic’ performance aesthetics of the state?

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World War I, World War I centenary, national memory

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Theatre and Performance (TAP) > The Pinter Centre for Performance and Creative Writing (PCPCW)


8 March 2019Published

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15 Mar 2019 16:00

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15 Mar 2019 16:00

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