Arlen Austin, Panel Discussion, 2013. Digital composite image. Courtesy Scaramouche, NY
Arlen Austin in collaboration with human and puppet colleagues presents: Art-Pedagogy Fun-Time Alternative-Economies Discourse-Adventure.
For IDEAS CITY 2013, Scaramouche proposes a performative project modeled on a traditional panel discussion. In relation to the theme of the festival, “Untapped Capital,” the performance will consider the panel format itself as a resource open to play, performance, and interactivity.
In keeping with his recent collaborative work, Hanns Eisler Nail Salon (H.E.N.S.), Arlen Austin will reconfigure the panel format as a site for play and structured contestation, in this case applied to examining alternative economic models and structures for mutual aid in times of crises and recession. The performance/panel will incorporate straightforward questions to participants—human and sock puppet—as well as scripts that have been preformulated to represent established ideological positions. The performance will end with a genuine question-and-answer session in which both puppets and human participants field questions from the audience.