Reading the GameStop frenzy as a performance piece

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 In this photo illustration the GameStop (GME) stock price and a chart are seen on a smartphone screen. (Photo Illustration by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
In this photo illustration the GameStop (GME) stock price and a chart are seen on a smartphone screen. (Photo Illustration by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Some have referred to the small-time investors assembling as an artistic, collective form of activism. Writing for Hyperallergic, Max Haiven likened the “mass participation and symbolic jouissance” to pieces curated either by the New York based political art platform Creative Time or one orchestrated by the Yes Men. Others may even compare it to Luther Blisset’s use of public pranks as art interventions. 

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