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The San Francisco Diggers, Performance and Labour


UCL’s Art History department recently organised a symposium on “Performance and Labour.”I gave a paper on the San Francisco Diggers, a political art and theatre collective from the 1960s, looking at their role in the recomposition of social movement culture in the US and the later impacts I’d argue this had on ‘performance’ and ‘participaton’ in business and other organisations. They made audio recordings, so you can listen to me stumble through my presentation, and the other great presentations from the rest of the day, here:

Gavin Grindon – Trip Without a Ticket: The Digger Free Store and the re-composition of collective performance in contemporary art

A version of this talk that I gave at the Courtauld institute for the symposium Polish Art in Public Space was also translated and published in Polish here. It makes links between the SF Diggers in the 60s and the Polish Orange Alternative in the 80s.