Fabio Salvatti, Ph,D., is Associate Professor at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil in the Performing Arts Program. He was a 2015 Visiting Scholar at NYU / Hemispheric Institute. He researches humor and activism, exploring the political potential embedded in everyday life. He is also a theater director and has worked with Kiwi Companhia de Teatro and Cia EmCômodo Teatral.
Pedro Bennaton holds a BA and MA in Theater from Santa Catarina State University and is a researcher, performer, director and author with ERRO Grupo, a street theater and arts collective. He has directed and written several plays and has performed across South America, Europe and the US. His research is in dialogue with Augusto Boal’s Invisible Theater techniques and with the Situationists’ political and artistic possibilities.
7/18 – 7/20: H305, Tecnoaulas FEN
7/22: C28 FAU
Urban space unfolds in a temporary and ephemeral world marked by transition, multiplicity, and loneliness. Through intense marketing, these environments are used to reinforce rules, social inequality, consumption, and desire. However, they can also host effective art and activism in direct contact with citizens by negotiating strategies and techniques to disrupt the traditional use of space. For that reason, this work/chop/group invites scholars, artists and/or activists interested in experimental urban practices that merge theory and practice. Our objective is to create urban disruptions able to affect time and space through the practices of observation and intervention, demonstrating the inevitable epistemological cycle comprised by these activities. Since the observation feeds back into the action, the cycle continues with a new (re)action and a new (re)observation. In that sense, performance studies, urban action and artivism can articulate a socio-political critique and a transformation of urban environments and its flows, conflicts, and representations of power.