Allora & Calzadilla (2007) Interview in ART21 Allora & Calzadilla | Art21 | Preview from Season 4 of “Art in the Twenty-First Century” (2007) [Online video]. Available at: (Accessed 28th July 2014).

  • This short video introduces a piece of work titled Chalks, which was made by Allora & Calzadilla in Peru. Chalks involved the company placing gigantic pieces of chalk in a central square in Lima that houses several government buildings. The square is one regularly used for the voicing of political issues by members of the public. This video looks at how the chalks deposited by A&C were used by people within this place, and how the ‘sculpture’ (A&C’s term, though I would argue it’s as much performance) was eventually removed by police.


Cirio, P. (n.d.) Street Ghosts [poster interventions] documented at Cirio, P. (2012) Street Ghosts [online]. Available from: (Accessed 4th September 2013).

  • Cirio’s Street Ghosts project involves him finding places on google maps where the images of people have been captured, printing out life-size images of them and then pasting these images onto buildings and objects in the actual streets that they appear on google maps. The work explores the problems around surveillance culture and companies that own personal information in the form of public images.

Freeman, J. (2010) Blood, Sweat and Theory. Farringdon: Libri Publishing.

  • This book is about practice-as-research, but it is interesting because it includes several case studies, many of which are examples of socially-engaged performance. See particularly chapters: 1 – on the work of Allan Owens and Hala Al-Yamani; 3 – on the work of Curious; and 11 – on the work of Lee Miller and Bob Whalley; amongst others.

Hofbauer, U. and Derschmidt, F. (2010) ‘Horror Vacui’ in Whybrow, N. (ed.) Performance and the Contemporary City: An Interdisciplinary Reader. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Hofbauer and Derschmidt discuss their ‘Permanent Breakfast’ events, in which they invite members of the public to sit with them in public places and breakfast. The work functions as a way to meet strangers and to talk about things. In this article Hofbauer and Derschmidt talk about ‘pseudo’ public urban space and how anonymity affects people’s ability to connect and be ‘public’. They also have a website that compliments this article:
  • Permanent Breakfast (2013). Rules of the Game. [online]. Available from: (Accessed 31st July 2013).

LIGNA (n.d.)(c) The Cry of the Mall [online]. Available from: (Accessed 4th September 2013).

  • LIGNA are a group of three artists working together on different projects. They have a weekly radio show, which involves members of the public calling up and playing their favourite songs through their phone receivers. But, this article from their website talks about a project called The Cry of the Mall, and in it I like the way they discuss how the mall conditions social life.

Image credit: Allora and Calzadilla

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