Human-ities · Performativity · Philosophy · Public Space

The Violence of Participation

“Participation is war. Any form of participation is already a form of conflict. In war, enemy and adversary usually hold territory, which they can gain or lose, while each has a spokesman or authority that can govern, submit, or collapse. In order to participate in any environment or situation, one needs to understand the forces of conflict that act upon that environment. Participation is often understood as a means of becoming part of something through proactive contribution and the occupation of a particular role. However it seems that this role is rarely understood as a critical platform of engagement, but rather based on romantic conceptions of harmony and solidarity. In the context, I would like to promote an understanding of conflictual participation, one that acts as an uninvited irritant.” – Extract from Marcus Miessenʼs essay The Violence of Participation

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