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Contexts of/as resistance

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posted on 2023-06-08, 14:21 authored by Sally-Jane Norman
Resistance as a state or activity entwines discrete entities or forces in a given context (contexere, to weave together). Something or someone resists something or someone, making this with-standing (re-sistere) essentially relational or agential. Live performance gives this play of agency a dramatic frame and focus, involving resources ranging from "raw" re-appropriated materials to sophisticated information technology type artefacts. These resources support interactions of human and non-human agency, and mix physical and virtual materials which generate different kinds of resistance and behavioural response. This paper looks at different contextual framings of resistance that arise in live performance, using generic instrumental and gestural taxonomies from cognitive science and ergonomics to set notions of "resistant materials" in a broader transdisciplinary perspective. Emphasis is on the kinds of context sensitivity at work when materials are creatively (re-) appropriated, the role of art being to resist and scramble classificatory systems governing conventional notions of agency.

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Publication status

  • Published

Journal

Contemporary Music Review

ISSN

0749-4467

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Issue

2-3

Volume

32

Page range

275-288

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  • Media and Film Publications

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Peer reviewed?

  • Yes

Legacy Posted Date

2013-02-28

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