Power & Performance

What is power? Who has it? Who wants it? How is power portrayed on the big screen and on the stage?

Our first Peripheral Vision course, called Power & Performance, focuses on creative writing with visits to cultural venues and group discussions in a cafe or bar.

The learners and WEA tutor decided collectively that they would like to visit Bury Met on 12 October for an evening of poetry, light and sound; the Cornerhouse for a screening of Lars von Trier’s Melancholia; and the Royal Exchange Theatre to see Good.

The group will discuss the notion of power before and after the performances and produce some creative writing linked to this theme. I’m hoping one or two of them will also make a short video to upload on the website.

The Will to Power

Power can corrupt, embolden or destroy an individual:

A psychological presupposition of Nietzsche’s is that humans are always attempting to inflict their wills upon others. Every action toward another individual stems from a deep-down desire to bring that person under one’s power in one way or another. Whether a person is giving gifts, claiming to be in love with someone, giving someone praise, or physically harming someone, the psychological motive is the same: to exert one’s will over others.

Travis J Denneson, Society and the Individual in Nietzsche’s The Will to Power

David Dennehy was a participant on this course. You can read David’s entertaining DIARY, published in the Peripheral Vision magazine here.