Participatory site-specific performance to discuss climate change and water pollution
The phenomenon explored in this research is participatory site-specific performance art, themed around eco-violence, climate change and water pollution, discussed within a framework of decolonization of knowledge through arts-based action research. The two case-projects were conducted with youth and children aged 6-13 y.o. from Kaunas, Lithuania. The data gathered during the two case-projects are: photo and video documentation and notes by the author of this research. The data is analysed using keywords and categories. The study explores, by the examples of the provided cases, how transcorporeality of the space and site of the participatory site-specific performance can be used to discuss eco-violence, climate change and water pollution with a young audience. The research results are recommendations for the performance artists on how to use site, space and transcorporeality to construct a dialogue with the audience about environmental issues in a Lithuanian context. The research results can be interesting for performance artists and educators, working with performance pedagogy and participatory performance art.
performance, arts-based research, eco-violence, decolonization
Marija Griniuk has a background in performance art, pedagogy, and agro-business and landscape management. She has been working with performance events for children since 2015, during which she held a position at Den Frie Udstillingsbygning in Copenhagen, Denmark, in the Department of Education, and since 2019 in the context of the research projects. Currently, she is a lecturer in the subject of Creativity at Vilniaus Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences in Lithuania. Within the case projects of The Nomadic Radical Academy, all of these fields of expertise have defined the conceptual and thematic framework of the projects for the author.