Performing Globalization
Performing Globalization
Conference paper

This paper explores the ways in which conditions of economic globalization are performed in the work of American artist Anne Wilson. It specifically examines two of Wilson’s recent projects, Local Industry (2010) and Walking the Warp Manchester (2012), projects in which Wilson deploys the public, collaborative act of weaving as a meditation on the changing nature of textile production, labor, skill, and social relationships. Each project was conceived for a specific site — the southeastern USA, Manchester UK — where textile production has been decimated by downsizing, outsourcing and plant closures, the result of increasingly deregulated global trade.

Presented at Performance Studies International 18, Performance: Culture: Industry, University of Leeds, Leeds UK, 2012.