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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Abstract

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: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies @ 33%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography @ 34%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1901 Art Theory and Criticism > 190104 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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