Panel 1: New perspectives on the “failed revolt” of May 68 registers a growing concern among members with the so-called “failure” of May 68 and a desire to re-read both the philosophy and performance from this period in a new spirit of optimism and with an eye to their potential relevance to contemporary conditions.
First, Lavery argues against the misreading of May 68 as an “exercise in failed idealism” by turning to the rethinking of political aesthetics by Jacques Ranciere. Then, Cull looks at the “failed” responses to two archetypal examples of 68 work: Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus and The Living Theatre’s Paradise Now in order to examine the problems of practicing an ethics of desiring- production. Third, in a turn towards the contemporary relation to 68 Rokem questions what we might do today with a number of important texts published in 68 including Foucault’s Archaeology of Knowledge and Marcuse’s An essay on Liberation. And finally, Kear takes up the work of Alain Badiou to propose a fidelity to May 68’s logic of revolt in the contemporary theatre of Needcompany.