Shelley Harrison & Alexander (Zander) Brown: Social Movement (in dance)

There is movement. There is dance. Oakland is our stage. In the ‘Theory of the Dérive’ Guy Debord describes the dérive as “a mode of experimental behavior linked to the conditions of urban society: a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances.”

This section of the Flock will be headed up by local choreographer Alexander (Zander) Brown. He will have a core group of three dancers, who will act as facilitators for a series of all inclusive, participatory performance. The performances will take place throughout Oakland and be accessible via livestream. We will build a schedule of both planned, and spontaneous, “dance” flocks for the duration of The New Situationist Exhibition.

About The Flock

Situationist theory sees the situation as a tool for the liberation of everyday life, a method of negating the  pervasive alienation that accompanied the spectacle.

In The Society of the Spectacle, a 1967 work of philosophy and Marxist critical theory, the commodities ruled the workers and the consumers, instead of being ruled by them. The consumers are passive subjects that contemplate the reified spectacle.

The experimental direction of situationist activity consisted of setting up temporary environments favorable to the fulfillment of true and authentic human desires in response.

The Flock is a performance. A collaboration. A game everyone can play. An augmented way of seeing the world. We drift through streets becoming utterly present. The world transformed. Perpetually at play. And dériving.

Shelley Harrison will lead two workshops at Pro Arts. Each workshop will begin with short flocking introduction, then further explain the specific practice. Together we will flock these “think tanks.”

Pro Arts’ The New Situationists program is made possible with a generous grant from The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.