We would like to bring to your attention a CFP for an event in Calgary that will take place as part of the PSi annual conference.
In all of this, we ask: What does the theme park want? How does the theme park extract? How are participants resourced into sustaining the world of the theme park? How might we view theme parks’ capacity to simultaneously stretch and compress themselves as an activation of new forms of affective economies, social relations, and labor practices?
To take up these questions, we will stage our own theme park at PSi #25 in Calgary. The event will entail a number of attractions related to the performance research of participants, who will enact and perform their work within the conceit of a pop-up theme park. The theme park will take place over the course of one day of the PSi Conference in Calgary from July 4 to 7, 2019 in a flexible performance space. Audience/attendees will come and go throughout the day. Some theme park attractions may be durational and occur and recur throughout the day, while others may only happen once during the day. Participants are encouraged to think of the various modes of performance of theme parks from rides to interactive games to parades to gardens and museums to roaming characters to gift shops and refreshments. We welcome solo performances, ensembles, installations, and other diverse engagements with performance studies and theme parks.