Walking Borders: explorations of aesthetics in ephemeral arts activism for asylum seeker rights

Phillips, Louise Gwenneth, and Montes, Catherine (2017) Walking Borders: explorations of aesthetics in ephemeral arts activism for asylum seeker rights. Space and Culture, 21 (2). pp. 92-107.

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Australia's Operation Sovereign Borders vehemently enforces closed borders to asylum seekers arriving by boat to Australia. Policed urban borders were enforced in Brisbane, Australia, during the G20 Summit in 2014, to protect visiting dignitaries from potential violent protest. The ephemeral arts intervention Walking Borders: Arts activism for refugee and asylum seeker rights symbolically confronted border politics by peacefully protesting against Australian immigration policy. Rather than focusing on the direct effects of the ephemeral arts intervention, this article attends to the affective workings of the aesthetic elements of the project through sensory ethnography and storying. Informed by Ranciere's aesthetics of politics, this article explores the affective experience and potential educative gains of the ethical turn attended to in participatory arts such as ephemeral arts interventions.

Item ID: 60594
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1552-8308
Keywords: aesthetics, asylum seekers, sensory ethnography, Ranciere, walking
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Funders: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Projects and Grants: SSHRC Performing Lines: Innovations in walking and sensory research methodologies
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2019 00:24
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441016 Urban sociology and community studies @ 33%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4404 Development studies > 440403 Labour, migration and development @ 34%
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3601 Art history, theory and criticism > 360104 Visual cultures @ 33%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950407 Social Ethics @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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