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‘Recreating Chaos’: Jeremy Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave

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Abstract

In 2001, British artist Jeremy Deller staged The Battle of Orgreave, a partial reenactment of a historical confrontation between striking miners and police. Recreating a violent standoff that took place some 17 years earlier in the same part of South Yorkshire, The Battle of Orgreave referenced an event that came to epitomize the ongoing struggle between workers’ unions and the Thatcher government of the 1980s.

Keywords

Historical Narrative Original Event Original Miner Historical Confrontation Ongoing Struggle 
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    N. Bourriaud (2002) Relational Aesthetics, trans. S. Pleasance and F. Woods, with the participation of M. Copeland (Dijon: Les presses du reel), p. 14.Google Scholar
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    J. Deller (2002) ‘Introduction’, in The English Civil War Part II: Personal Accounts of the 1984–85 Miners’ Strike (London: Artangel Publishing), p. 7.Google Scholar
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    While in a sense, every event is an event, and every event carries with it some element of unpredictability, Derrida seems to evoke an idea of greater and lesser states of eventhood, as in relation to the September 11 terrorist attacks and his description of what might constitute a ‘major event’. See G. Borradori (2003) Philosophy in a Time of Terror, Dialogues with Jurgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida (Chicago: Chicago University Press).Google Scholar
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    See N. Royle (2003) The Uncanny (New York: Routledge).Google Scholar

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