Temporary measures: conduct in a broken circuit

Loo, Zihan (2021) Temporary measures: conduct in a broken circuit. In: Arrhythmia Performance Pedagogy and Practice, 4:40pm – 5:00pm - 4th June 2021, Online.

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Title: Temporary measures: conduct in a broken circuit

Since 27 March 2020, “COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020” has dictated the limits of biopolitical choreographies in Singapore. This is a legal act swiftly implemented by the Singaporean parliament as part of emergency measures in response to COVID-19. It has been updated periodically, adjusting to the shifting conditions of the ongoing pandemic.
My presentation will track my performance as research projects during the Circuit Breaker period in response to these “temporary measures” — regarding them as not only durationally brief, but also as a measure of time. How do we mark time when mobility is restricted? What do we endure under the guise of a brief temporal frame, and what happens when the temporary is made permanent and folded into an ongoing “crisis ordinary”? How do we adhere to this legal document as a performance score, and in what ways does it script and police our failures?
I consider performance as conduct under the Foucauldian framework of “counter-conduct”, a mode of dissent with an electrical motif. Counter-conduct is not breaking the circuit, but permitting power to flow through oneself and modulating the effects of power acting on the body as conduit. Through the analysis of a range of specific gestures performed during the circuit-breaker period in solitary-solidarity, I question the value of intimacy in the wake of a pandemic and locate strategies to calibrate the risk of physical proximity in response to the need to be socially distant.

Uncontrolled Keywords: Wegotrhythmpanel8
Subjects: Performing Arts
Divisions: Publications > Conference Paper
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2021 08:02
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2021 08:02
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/990
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