Group Works: Art, Politics, and Collective Ambivalence

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Fordham University Press
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5.0 X 8.0 X 0.42 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author
Ethan Philbrick is an interdisciplinary artist, cellist, and writer. He has taught at Pratt Institute, Muhlenberg College, and New York University. Recent performance projects include Choral Marx, 10 Meditations in an Emergency, The Gay Divorcees, Mutual Aid among Animals, and Slow Dances.
Ethan Philbrick has written an erudite and compassionate book about how and why we fall into and out of groups. Taking some classic group forms from the late twentieth-century--performances ranging from dance, music, psychoanalysis, literature, and collective living--he sifts them carefully for their uses in surviving our own violently disjointed moment.---Tavia Nyong'o, author of Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life

With Group Works, Ethan Philbrick has created a rare text with which to think and act. Although there have been studies of the crowd, the mass, and the collective, as well as critical accounts of community and participation in the art world, Philbrick presents a novel theory of small groups and their political potential. Much like how Simone Forti's dance construction Huddle disperses to allow the formation of new huddles, Philbrick invites readers into the work and then releases them into the world, freshly prepared to live differently together.

---Danielle Goldman, Associate Professor of Critical Dance Studies at The New School and author of I Want to Be Ready: Improvised Dance as a Practice of Freedom