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Stacey Sacks 50 % seminar - luxurious migrant - performing whiteness

Stacey Sacks is a PhD candidate in Performing Arts at Stockholm’s University of the Arts. Her Doctoral Project Improvising Trickster takes form as a suite of hyper-disciplinary experiments with mask, clown, stop-motion animation, film, photography, sculpture, text, drawing and performance.

Abstract of Stacey Sacks

"White isn’t the bland thing its made out to be micro-divisions of aggressive homogeneities splintering invisible strands of random unspoken laws of privilege the white who will not see the white who sees but doesn’t care the self-aware white who cares but has no shame the utterly self-conscious shame-burdened white perpetually helpless in the face of multi-versal neo-capitalist patriarchal power trying to frame itself as the do-gooder watching noble intentions dissolve as anthropologies of the ridiculous".

Drawing on Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s concept of ‘critical intimacy’ the performance-essay luxurious migrant reflects on whiteness and privilege and the performance of it. As an intra-cultural, auto-ethnographic excavation it attempts and possibly fails to critically engage with notions of access, authority and power from within the cultural canon. As such it is a creative experimentation with theory and performance, an exploration of the improvisatory impulse and what it means to be ‘on’ the moment.

Since clown naturally contains transgressive elements, the project explores how the genre can be used in a neo-colonial context to subvert or interrupt the dominant discourse, whether satire and parody function as activism and if it is in fact possible to push back white supremacy through critical engagement and play, starting with a robust self-critique.

Supervisors: Kristina Hagström-Ståhl, Giovanni Fusetti, Rebecca Hilton

Discussant: Mara Lee Gerdén, PhD, writer  

Read more about Stacey Sacks doctoral project: "The Improvising Trickster"