A Tactical History of World-Building(s): IV Castellanos’s Homage to an Activist Tripod
Keywords:social sculpture; queer theory; social construction; historicization; world history.
This paper tests theoretical tools developed to frame social construction, historicization, and speech-action as performance on IV Castellanos’s social sculpture Homage to an Activist Tripod. How can one say that a temporary, collective, non-representation yet intentional collective performance matters to and as ‘world history’? What constructive agencies do different theoretical frameworks provide performance-as-art and other Othered and otherwise ‘non-productive’ world-building practices? Written from the perspective of a participant in the performance, which paid homage to water and land protectors, the structure of this paper builds analogies between theorization and task-based performance, between theoretical spaces and political action, demanding structural integrity and ethical coherence within and between constructivities.
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