"Censorship and the Creative Force of Performativity" Date/Time: Friday, 18 March 2011, 5.30-7pm
Venue: Room 104 (First Floor, Senate House, London)
Set against academic debates on censorship, Judith Butlerís theory of the performative as a reiterative and normalising discourse is helpful for the understanding of the political and the performing arts in Singapore. Under Butlerís philosophy, the positioning of Kumar, the drag comedian, and Rudra, the death metal band, becomes critical because these are performing artists, while standing on the boundaries of producing speech that could be offensive, have garnered the highest artistic reverence. The objective of this paper is straightforward in that it analyses how various Singaporean artists have managed to circumvent the authority of the state censors and deliver performances of creative potential.
Jun Zubillaga-Pow is a PhD candidate in Music Research on a National Arts Council overseas bursary. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) at the University of Birmingham, and obtained his Masters (with Distinction) in Critical Methodologies, working on Modern French Theory and musical reception. He is currently the co-editor of two Singapore-related books on Music history and Queer criticism and has completed a monograph on the history of art music in post-Independence Singapore.
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