Everyday is a performance and the world is your set.
May Day for me was a chance to analyze large bodies of people in motion as a performance. The way groups of people come together when they are passionate (maybe about the political fervor itself, or something specific, or nothing specific at all) regardless of their political or personal background is endlessly interesting to analyze. I like to look at occupy as the largest site specific work ever done, with thousands across cities and generations coming together in a largely classic re-enactment/enactment of real time clashes between different classes, between citizens and police, between establishment and lack there of. Of course the movement is real- it physically happens in real space/time, real people have opinions, and real people arrest and get arrested. But If u look at occupy as a performance- a historical performance- bringing in ties to activist movements of the past but relating them to the here and now you dive deeply into what the movement is all about. The activists are literally “acting” like activists- “performing” their role- the marches, the chants, the signs, the music, the pickets, the sit ins, the arrests are all part of the scene. Often the activists are not only physically fleeing cops, sometimes running to keep their freedom for the day, but also “practicing” the act of challenging and retreating as if it were a meditation. As if they are going through the motions of protesting to allow each individual in the group to gain perspective on the constant tick that keeps the universe in balance- to test that balance and shift it. And it is not just the occupiers that participate in this historical performance but the cops as well- dutifully fulfilling their roles in the protests as the safe keepers of order and normality- they create the friction needed for the movement to seem real- because it is. The police gather the outlying occupiers (who in moments of empowerment push those boundaries conceptually and physically). Occupy is creating a history- a historical event- and all of us- the activists, the journalists, the bystanders and the resistance participate.
And the tea party was the same way- an embodiment of resistance itself. Performing the political moves, creating the historical ties. And if you dive even deeper you can see that the structure of our government, our systems is all part of this large performance; the president, the politicians, the resistance and the citizen is all just part of the show.
I guess everybody believes supports showbiz- they just don’t like to admit it.