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Bright Labyrinth Lecture Series: Third Thread: Gestures and Transformations

16 January 2018 | 4.30pm – 6pm

Space 109, White City

‘Astound Me!’: Avant-Garde Performance as Visual Communication 

Two Word: Pathology of Shock

How shock and innovation worked helped establish a European avant-garde tradition of visual communication – from Wagner’s ‘total artwork’ to Futurist provocations, from Cocteau’s Parade to Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty. Are designers today incapable of shock anymore?


Suggested reading:

Antonin Artaud, The Theatre and Cruelty + ‘The Theatre of Cruelty (First Manifesto) from The Theatre and Its Double (1933).

Michelle Potter, Thoughts on Pina Bausch’s Rite of Spring (2009)