“Out, and under, and out, and out.” Self-(Dis-)Organisation and the Stories of Libertatia


  • Georg Doecker University of Roehampton




self-organisation, auto-poiesis, anarchism, cybernetics, vitalist materialism, Libertatia.


Recent socio-political developments in the experimental performing arts scenes from Europe have seen a strong commitment to the practices of self-organisation and their liberating impetus. Responding to the experimental nature of many such activities with a likewise experimental theoretical enquiry, this paper invests in an interpretation of self-organising principles from anarchism, cybernetics, and vitalist materialism through the fictional narrative of the pirate utopia Libertatia. The argument thus developed is that the liberating potentials of self-organisation can be located precisely in its inherent tendency toward self-dis-organisation.

Author Biography

Georg Doecker, University of Roehampton

Georg Doecker, M.A., born 1988 in Vienna, Austria, is PhD student at Roehampton University, London, and the recipient of PhD stipends from Roehampton University and the TECHNE consortium. From 2015 until 2018, he was working in the frame of the research project “Theatre as Dispositif,” located at Giessen University, Germany, funded by the German Research Association. His research interests include: Experimental theatre, dance, and performance of the 20th and 21st century; power relations and technologies of power; mimesis and theatricality; and the work of Antonin Artaud. Latest publication: “Etc etc. Eine Meditation über Artauds letzte Worte.” In “Landschaft mit entfernten Verwandten.” Festschrift für Heiner Goebbels, edited by Lorenz Aggermann et al., 259–270. Berlin: Neofelis, 2018.


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How to Cite

Doecker, G. (2019). “Out, and under, and out, and out.” Self-(Dis-)Organisation and the Stories of Libertatia. Performance Philosophy, 4(2), 546–563. https://doi.org/10.21476/PP.2019.42241