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Performance, Transparency, and the Cultures of Surveillance

Performance, Transparency, and the Cultures of Surveillance [electronic resource] / James M. Harding.
Ann Arbor [Michigan] : University of Michigan Press, [2018] (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, 2018 (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
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Placing the disciplines of performance studies and surveillance studies in a timely critical dialogue, Performance, Transparency, and the Cultures of Surveillance not only theorizes how surveillance performs but also how the technologies and corresponding cultures of surveillance alter the performance of everyday life. This exploration draws upon a rich array of examples from theatre, performance, and the arts, all of which provide vivid illustration of the book's central argument: that the rise of the surveillance society coincides with a profound collapse of democratic oversight and transparency--a collapse that, in turn, demands a radical rethinking of how performance practitioners conceptualize art and its political efficacy. The book thus makes the case that artists and critics must reexamine--indeed, must radically redefine--their notions of performance if they are to mount any meaningful counter to the increasingly invasive surveillance society.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction . All eyes to the street : surveillance, information technologies, and the space of Brecht's "street scene"
God's eyes : chapter 1. Of sheep, shepherds, and oversight : defrocking the cultures of surveillance
Private eyes : chapter 2. Surveillance operatives : activists, undercover agents, and the "new theater"
Blind eyes : chapter 3. This private island : the modern ban-opticon from Camp X-Ray to private prisons
Electronic eyes : chapter 4. Outperforming activism : surveillance technologies beyond the surveillance camera players
Downcast eyes : chapter 5. Data doubles, Pepper's ghost, and zombie categories : the specters of performance in the bit parts of surveillance
An eye for an eye : chapter 6. Envisioning performance postdemocracy : creative activism, (a little bit of) damage, and surveillance's inevitable products.
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