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Mark Tribe

Mediation, Performance, and the Public Sphere




October 11, 2010; 51 Minutes; Video

In 1968, protesters outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago chanted “The whole world is watching,” and shortly thereafter their images appeared on the evening news. These days, protesters bring their own cameras and post their clips on YouTube. Has participatory media effected a structural transformation of the public sphere? How have media technologies and practices changed the roles of public space, performance, and the human body in politics? How have new forms of mediation and distribution altered the ways in which history is produced and experienced?

Mark Tribe discusses recent work and current projects, including a video archive of police surveillance of activists, a performance/installation in which guitarists play covers of "Sweet Child O' Mine," and reenactments of Vietnam-era protest speeches.