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In this visual document, Gabrielle Civil and Kelly Walters distill and recreate key aspects of their live dialogue on African-American puppetry, black performance art, material and digital design. What are examples of African American living objects in the 21st century? What does it mean to animate objects when, as a people, we were once considered to be living objects ourselves? Drawing on their own practice, these artists engaged these questions, activated audience discussion, and transformed the results into a new source text for further activation.
Diaspora, The problem with the word "puppetry", Representation, Instrumentalization, Digital Blackface, Animated Reaction GIFs, The capturing of a moment or the activation of a moment, Black Body Gesture, performance art, Black performance art, Black design
African American Studies | Africana Studies | Arts and Humanities | Other Theatre and Performance Studies | Performance Studies | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Theatre and Performance Studies
Civil, Gabrielle and Walters, Kelly, "Black: :Body: :Gesture: From Puppetry to Performance & Design" (2019). Living Objects: African American Puppetry Essays. 21.