ZAPS - ZAPS: PROTEST AS PERFORMANCE From Peter Tatchell...

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From Peter Tatchell 1999, Making A Scene Zaps are guerrilla-style, hit-and-run seizures of public and private spaces to promulgate a protest movement’s ideas. Mostly radical, discomforting, and critical 1. A fusion of art with activism Zaps deploy style and symbolism to empower protest They are a juxtaposition of political themes and cultural forms that borrows ideas from 1960s-era performance art Direct actions involve an element of theatricality, using costumes and props. There is often a story line, resulting in a "theatre of the streets" 2. The audience is media, hence the public The aim is to grab the media’s attention and, through the media, project ideas and messages to a wider public audience Old-style civil rights and New Left marches consisted of a rally and speeches. This is increasingly passé. Old forms of protest rarely get media coverage or create public debate even if it involves hundreds of thousands of people. 3. Politics as fun and serious
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ZAPS - ZAPS: PROTEST AS PERFORMANCE From Peter Tatchell...

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