Quorum: QMUL Theatre and Performance Research Series 2018-2019

Wednesday 16th January 2019 

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(Image courtesy of Dr. Amit S. Rai)


In this informal presentation, I attempt to develop a provisionary “virtual” diagram of a set of researches into the politics and processes of Live Art. In an upcoming project, Management Practices and Live Art Organisation, I will develop collaborations amongst artists, QMUL (SBM and Drama), and Live Art Development Agency (LADA). Our initial questions are: “What sort of management and organisation is best suited to artists and organisations committed to experimental practices?” and “What sort of organisation can best help artists and arts organisations in a precarious sector care for and support one another?”

Building a provisional diagram of the overlapping systems of value, sense and force informing this project will be my aim in this talk. I will draw on literature in affect studies (Puar, Clough), performance studies (Harney and Moten), and critical organisational studies (Hanlon, Robinson, Bergson), to further develop aspects of the diagrammatic method experimented with in my forthcoming monograph, Jugaad Time: Ecologies of Everyday Hacking (Duke UP, 2019).


Dr. Amit S. Rai teaches creative industries and arts organising at Queen Mary, University of London. He is author of Rule of Sympathy: Race, Sentiment, Power 1760-1860 (Palgrave, 2002) and Untimely Bollywood: Globalization and India’s New Media Assemblage (Duke UP, 2009). His current research is focused on the gendering of affective labor, media practices of commoning, and hacking and piracy ecologies in South Asia. His monograph on work-around practices in Indian urban digital ecologies, Jugaad Time: Ecologies of Everyday Hacking in India, is forthcoming from Duke University Press. His on-going research into the UK and Indian creative, heritage, and cultural industry contexts is tentatively titled the Pharmakon of Creativity.

Wednesday 16 January 2019, 18.00

RR2 Arts One Building (Mile End Campus)

Everyone welcome

Refreshments will be served

Free admission


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With best wishes,

QUORUM Committee 2018-19

Vanessa MacAulay, Genna Gardini, Sarah Harper, Tatjana Kijaniza


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