AB­HISHEK HAZRA

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In one of her per­for­mance in­ter­ven­tions from the 1970s, Adrian Piper, a pi­o­neer­ing con­cep­tual artist and a philoso­pher, went shop­ping wear­ing clothes cov­ered with sticky white paint with a sign at­tached that said “Wet Paint”. What I find fas­ci­nat­ing is how the pres­ence of wet paint ac­ti­vates the space around it­self, but in a way that is silent and un­event­ful. Re­cently, while read­ing her re­work­ing of Kan­tian ethics, I found my­self think­ing of other pos­si­ble per­for­mances that could be ex­tended from her philo­soph­i­cal work. How could one move away from the stric­tures of iden­tity pol­i­tics to­wards a reimag­i­na­tion of ethics?

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