UCL Urban Laboratory


Leah Lovett

Slade School of Fine Art

Playing space: performing the spatial politics of invisible theatre

My practice and thesis begin from an understanding of social structures as spatial and as performed. As an artist, she works collaboratively to make performances, videos, installations and workshops which explore how people negotiate each other and create space through conversation, story-telling and incidental actions. Under the provisional title Playing Space: Performing the Spatial Politics of Invisible Theatre, this practice-related thesis turns to Brazilian theatre practitioner Augusto Boal's descriptions of invisible theatre as a starting point for considering the spatio-political potential of performance and performative writing. This project draws on the ideas and approaches of critical theorists from a variety of disciplines, including Lefebvre, de Certeau, Doreen Massey and Jane Rendell, and is supervised by Amna Malik, Ben Campkin and Jayne Parker. This project is funded by an AHRC BGP Scholarship.

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