A common sense: workshops and the independent sector with Elyssa Livergant (2017)

In this talk, artist, activist, cultural producer and teacher Elyssa Livergant considers the complex, sometimes ambiguous relationship between concepts and practices of industry and community in the independent performing arts sector.

Using workshops as a metaphor, Livergant explores ideas of work, one’s practice, and precarity and how they relate to the sector, its infrastructure, and its workers in London. Inviting audience members to participate in activities throughout the talk, Livergant offers the idea that workshops are the independent sector’s ‘common sense’ and wonders aloud about forms of exploitation and avenues for solidarity and resistance this common sense promotes.