The politics of public space: “Un espacio liberado” under the big top


This essay explores the proclamation of a “liberated space” as deployed by artists and activists of the NUDEC, Nuevo Nuevo Circo (New New Circus) in Caracas. Operating from a former bullring, these artists collectively interpret and define their terms for liberation, in part through an anti-bullfighting campaign centered on humanism as a political assertion in a venue for the arts. By examining the work of NUDEC in relation to the politics of public space during the first decade of the twenty-first century, certain parallels can be drawn between the New New Circus and the nation.

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    Bullfighting traces its origins to early animal worship and sacrifice from cave paintings in the Neolithic age, ca. 9000 BC.

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    See Yolanda Salas, 2001; Fernandes 2010; among others.


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Marino, A. The politics of public space: “Un espacio liberado” under the big top. Dialect Anthropol 35, 265 (2011).

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  • Political space
  • Bolivarian Revolution
  • Artists
  • Nuevo Circo
  • New Circus
  • Bullfighting
  • Antitaurino
  • Arts
  • Public space