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Mike Daisey Manifesto

Kris Rothstein

Mike Daisey performs an autobiographical extemporaneous monologue (his description). That means he tells stories about himself without a script and he did this in a show called Monopoly! which has to do with inventions and corporate culture. I didn't see that one. I saw him deliver a Manifesto, one of three given by artists and performers as part of PuSh Assembly, the more industry-oriented dimension of the festival. Hybrid arts festival organizers and artists from around the world gathered for this very diverse program of events which includes some kind of art speed dating (sometimes with lawyers) and also serious talks about stuff.

Mike Daisey spoke for about an hour about why art is important and what it should do. His important points: art talks about things that can't be spoken about elsewhere, we should rebel against the mass production and slick packaging which is taking over the arts, theatre should be more entertaining than any given episode of Law & Order and if not should be rejected, art should question how we can live moral, important lives in the age of the global corporation. The talk was compelling and interesting although a little rough around the edges.



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