Title

Vigilante Performance

Document Type

Original Creative Work

Publication Date

2007

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

Abstract

The critical review discusses contemporary issues of community policing, neighbourhood watch and a political culture of surveillance surrounding the PVI Collective’s performance art project Inform and its play on a form of cultural ambivalence between the pleasures of voyeurism and surveillance. It identifies the critical contemporary question concerning the political predominance of a national surveillance culture and its fragile balance between social dysfunction and responsible communal behaviour, and the potential for performance art to successfully negotiate and uncover these cultural problems.

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