Natasha Lushetich

For Foucault, discipline was a subtle form of power that coerced the body in order to control its movements, attitudes, and moods. For McKenzie, it is the oppressive-excessive performance principle that takes the place of overt disciplinarity in the 21st century. By situating alternate reality games (games that extend the ‘magic circle’ temporally and spatially) within the discourse of positive and negative freedom (Green; Bentham; Berlin), I demonstrate that play – as existential amplification – is a psychosomatic polygon for the (neoliberal brand of) negative freedom which nculcates the body with ludic servitude.

Inter Views in Performance Philosophy