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PERFORMANCE

lebensraum kentish town

18th January 2009

project space 176

176 Prince of Wales Road,

Kentish Town,London

Contributors were invited to interpret and give voice to a diary about the dissolution of Yugoslavia in response to the streets of Kentish Town. The performance consisted of three strands:

1) Participants took turns in interpreting a diary written in 1992 by the anthropologist Ger Duijzings during his travels through Yugoslavia. The diary is a quiet record of the solidarity and resistance to nationalism and ethnic violence, as well as an account of the unmixing and tearing apart of individuals, communities and a nation. It consists of a series of encounters with different groups, movements and organisations.

2) Participants brought and read their own choice of texts. Writing on mass behaviour, mass organisation and accounts of local and global mass movements, theoretical texts, pamphlets, as well as poetry, fiction and newspaper cuttings. The texts were current and historical.

3) A film crew interviewed the participants and passers-by, posing questions about our understanding of and attitude to mass organisation and gather responses to the collision of different histories being performed and the landscape of Kentish Town.

What is the role and importance of mass action and mass organisation? How can we claim history from the rhetoric of the mass media? What kind of space can we imagine, perform and inhabit that acts as a combination of the public and private, the personal and the collective, the historical and the materially present?