*APPROPRIATION: OBJECTIFY* Another way to appropriate is to

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Another way to appropriate is to object-ify - as in: to make something into an object (with no negative body politics intended). Of course, when we speak of objectification in public or participatory art, we are talking about turning an event or group of people into an object.

In Mark Tribe's Port Huron Project, protest speeches from the New Left movement during the Vietnam War era were re-enacted in the site of the original speech, by actors resembling the original speakers.

Brody Condon framed an existing Live Action Role-Playing (LARP) within the context of a public art show - the Sonsbeek International public sculpture exhibition in the Netherlands.

"Set in a distant future where civilization as we know it had almost been lost, players from different worlds met deep in the holy forest and inhabited a 40 feet high tower "in character" for 3 days at a time while worshipping invented deities embodied by the other artworks of the exhibition."

Like Duchamp, these works take an existing object (in this case an event), and change nothing about the original apart from changing its context from whatever it was to art. A game becomes a performance, a speech becomes an act.

What else does this do? What does turning someone else's tactics into spectacle change? Might be helpful to look at Marjetica Potrc as you consider these questions...