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Friday March 15 | Session 10:45 - 12:15 (40 min)
De Brakke Grond | Grote Zaal

 In a public sphere drastically reshaped by digital media, acts of intervention have taken on new forms, increasingly constituted of flash-like durations that seek to attract constant attention. From twitter feeds to flash mobs, the momentary disruption of social and political life has become a pervasive and equally persuasive form of communication, often drawing on discourses of political resistance and subversion. In our lecture performance, we will investigate the effectiveness and satiric dimension of brevity in the act of intervention while equally raising the question of the limits of interventionism itself as a tool in public discourse. Drawing on neuroscience as well as political philosophy and economic theory, we will compare the changing rhetoric of images, language and its effect on the frequency of consumption by our ever-regressing attention span. Using examples that range from user-generated memes to the aphorisms of @NeinQuarterly, we will trace the dissolution of duration in popular culture and relate it to the near-constant state of continuous interventions that bombard attempts at institutionalization. Recognizing the tension between non-stop, 24/7 services and the incremental intervals of its (ironically uninterrupted) spam-like interventions, our lecture performance thus aims to examine the underside of the existing conceptual hierarchy of intervention and institutionalization. If liberal politics have increasingly institutionalized the productive nature of interventionism and foregrounded the oppressive nature of institutionalization, we want to ask whether the time it takes to create and shape institutions may not create more lasting political impact and change.
Ramona Mosse is a Lecturer in Theatre Studies at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt/Main and an Associate Fellow at the International Research Center for Interweaving Performance Cultures, Freie Universität Berlin. She also teaches as a Visiting Lecturer at Bard College Berlin. She is the co-editor of Erika Fischer-Lichte’s Routledge Introduction to Theater and Performance Studies (Routledge 2014) and her work on philosophy and theatre, metatheatre and performativity, theories of tragedy, and the politics
of contemporary drama and performance has been published in international journals such as Anglia, Theatre Journal, and the Performance Philosophy Journal. Ramona’s current research focuses on theatrical responses to Climate Change and questions of ecology in performance. She holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. 
Anna Street is a Lecturer in Performance Studies at Le Mans University (France). She holds a double-doctorate in English Studies from the Sorbonne and in Comparative Literature from the University of Kent. Core-convener of the Performance Philosophy network, she is particularly devoted to the promotion of intercultural and interdisciplinary exchanges between philosophical reflection and performance. Translator of ten volumes within Les Petits Platons collection, she is also co-editor of Inter Views in Performance Philosophy, published by Palgrave in 2017.
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