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Marcial Godoy-Anativia
Photo by Marcial Godoy-Anativia.

The World Inside Out: Humor, Noise, and Performance

The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University, in collaboration with the Department of Literature and Theatre of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, the University Center for Theatre, the Graduate Program in Art History, the Cátedra Bergman initiative, the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, and the Contemporary Art University Museum (MUAC) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), along with Ex Teresa Arte Actual, invite scholars, artists, and activists from all disciplines to present proposals around the theme of The World Inside Out: Humor, Noise, and Performance for our 11th Encuentro, to be held in Mexico City from June 9–15, 2019.

In the face of increasing inequality, rising authoritarianism and violence, and ongoing threats to democratic institutions, we seek to forge spaces of critical practice and creative inquiry to theorize and instrumentalize satire, humor, laughter, music, and noise in their broadest senses in order make visible, unfold, denounce, fracture, and revert the assemblages of power behind these alarming processes. As we also celebrate liberatory and democratizing victories big and small, we propose to confront both our outrage and our collective hopes by mobilizing art, action, and critique that—through aesthetic inversion, mockery, critical pirouettes, noisy denunciation, and strident celebration—can reveal, disarm, and decolonize and, at the same time, give meaning to our desires for better futures.