As I was reading John Bell’s piece on the Bread and Puppet Theatre, I remembered a project that was shared earlier this week in another class which seems strikingly applicable to the idea of street performance as intervention.
The Project, called “A Street With a View” seeks to organize people in public places for rallies and parades at times when the google street maps vehicle drives by.
I’m particularly reminded of when Bell writes,
What has developed then, since Schumman’s innovation of the puppet parade as a modern political art form, is the establishment of its currency as a live interruption of everyday public life…
Although where Bell goes to comment on the fact that the parade exists “outside the bounds of mass media”, Street With a View cleverly engages the infrastructure of mass media (Google Maps), using the idea of engagement in public space as a way to comment on the spectacle of Google Maps which exists outside the physical bounds of the streets it documents. It appropriates public space, and shares the spaces in a different kind of forum, turning the spectacle on its head.
Here’s a link to the site here