Frances Williams
Hiding Rooms: Some thoughts on artist strategies for staging disappearance

Frances will take images and quotes from the work of Gregory Scholette as a starting point for an essay which explores visibility in terms of the performance of free speech. They will explore this topic through two unusual examples of participatory arts practice, both of which seek to undermine the premise that transparency best enables free speech. These examples can be read as forms of dramaturgy, (the study of social interaction in terms of theatrical performance) an idea which draws on Irving Goffman’s earlier notion of The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life.