Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

3 - Between Practice and Politics: Puppetry as a Means to Perform ASEAN

Friday, March 23
12:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: Thurgood Marshall South, Mezzanine

“Between Practice and Politics” presents the symbiotic relationship between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) metanarrative of the “One ASEAN Community” and the Southeast Asian puppeteers that have subscribed to it and the identity of “ASEAN”. This analysis considers how these artists and arts managers have navigated their identities and artistry as artists, managers, community members, citizens of their nation-states, and representatives and producers to support the concept of a One ASEAN community. This paper offers an analysis how puppetry serves as a performative art used as the arbitrator of these negotiations, and the challenges and limitations of doing so.


 


The analysis will also take the project’s impact on its performers, such as how the cultural and art exchange has shaped and affected their knowledge and assumptions, and as a result led to an interpersonal attachment to the ASEAN-based project.


 


Taking the project’s outcomes into consideration, its producer, Terence Tan, will suggest several complications discovered whilst producing the ASEAN identity and community, and how he proposes to resolve them. With this interrogation, he also hopes to contribute to the dialogue regarding the dynamic relations between top-down management and ground-up cultural creations.

Si Peng Terence Tan

Artsolute, Not Applicable, Singapore

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