Clarke also delves into the idea of critical utopianism, as explored by the American academic and queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz, in relation to Staff’s combined use of archive documentation and choreographic sequences. As in critical utopianism, a backward glance can enact a future vision, fuelling the transformative political imagination of a marginalised community.
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Part of a series of informal introductions to the exhibitions, led by members of the Spike Island community.
Dr Paul Clarke is a Senior Lecturer in Performance Studies at University of Bristol. Currently he is the Director of theatre company Uninvited Guests, whose work has toured nationally and internationally, and is a member of the art collective Performance Re-enactment Society (PRS).
He was the Research Fellow on Performing the Archive: the Future of the Past, a researcher on Performing Documents, hosted by University of Bristol’s Live Art Archives and Arnolfini, and has published on the creative re-use of archives and performance in galleries.