Silvana Carotenuto. Art and Civil Society Symposium.

Arts, Civil Society and Crisis
Presentation for Create and Voluntary Arts Ireland, Arts and Civil Society Symposium 20/21 October 2011

Silvana Carotenuto
Associate Professor of English at the University of Naples L’Orientale

 

Spreading the revolt” by the occupied Teatro Valle - Rome

To occupy the Teatro Valle is, for us, a desiring act, and a gesture of re-appropriation: we occupy in order to occupy what belongs to us, because only the ones who love a place can take care of it. It is a gesture that establishes a public space, a word taking. This attempt takes place within the physicality of bodies, conjuring an element that belongs to the order of passion: in art, as much as in militancy, we experience zones of experience of major intensity, of a better - creative, political, human - quality. It is a process of liberation from the unbearable rhetoric of power and of neo-liberalism, that has made us imagine ourselves as lonely individuals, that has made us cultivate the illusion that being alone means being free.

For many of those who are traversing the occupation, the feeling of creating something that was not there before, is very strong. And the perception of such transformative power gives us the measure of the desert we have been experiencing in the last 15 years, marked by a progressive erosion of rights and a consequent precarization of life.

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