“Communities are to be distinguished, not by their falsity or genuineness, but in the style in which they are imagined”.
– Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities, 1983.
Bringing together practitioners from the arts, theory and social activism the 12-Hour Non-State Parade will set forth an alternative imaginary in which the hidden powers of the contemporary state and its expression as social relations will be unpacked, subverted and redressed.
Indicated by but not limited to the ideologies circulating in Jasmina Cibic’s exhibition The Pleasure of Expense at Cooper Gallery, the 12-Hour Non-State Parade will be led by Keynote Talks from Birgitta Jónsdóttir (Poetician and a former parliamentarian for the Civic Movement & Pirate Party in the Icelandic Parliament), Pinar Aksu (Human Rights Activist and & Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner) and Dr Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt (Researcher, author of To Defend the Revolution is to Defend Culture: The Cultural Policy of the Cuban Revolution and the Labour Party’s parliamentary candidate for South Thanet). Steering the flow of the Parade is our Navigator, Angela Dimitrakaki.
For the Symposium two newly commissioned performances will be presented by artists Gordon Douglas and Shona Macnaughton.
Confirmed contributors include: Jasmina Cibic, Marjorie Lotfi Gill, Claire Heuchan, John McCann, Rosie McDonald, Lucy Parker, Frank Ruda, Elisabeth Schilling, The Joyous Choir and writers from GSA MLitt Art Writing.