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‘Violence without Violence’: Spectacle, War and Lola Arias’s MINEFIELD (CAMPO MINADO)

Finburgh, Clare (2017) ‘Violence without Violence’: Spectacle, War and Lola Arias’s MINEFIELD (CAMPO MINADO). Theatre Research International, 42 (2). pp. 163-178. ISSN 0307-8833. (doi:10.1017/S0307883317000281) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

If spectacles are effects of power, designed to win wars, win elections and win customers, then how can these spectacles be better understood, so that we can better understand how they seek to work on us and others around us? And what part can theatre play in developing this understanding? In this article I explore Jean-Luc Nancy's notion of ‘violence without violence’, as set out in his essay ‘Image and Violence’ (2003). The synthesis of life's variety and disarray into an artwork is a violent act for Nancy. But if this violent act itself explodes the very seams which hold it together, it can enable ruptures or openings that prevent its violence from becoming ideologically oppressive. In this way the image inevitably participates in the ‘violence’ of representation, but simultaneously avoids the ‘violence’ of ideology. By way of an example I analyse the singular ways in which Lola Arias's production MINEFIELD – first staged at the Brighton Festival in 2016 before transferring to the Royal Court Theatre during the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) – disarticulated the spectacles of power, heroism and virtuosity that are often weaponized by leaders and by the dominant media for the purposes of fighting and winning wars.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S0307883317000281
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Drama and Theatre
Depositing User: Clare Finburgh
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 12:13 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:53 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/61135 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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