Trashing Performance explores the power of creative expressions that wilfully debunk or ignore cultural ideals and hierarchies of critical value. It presents and investigates art and culture often considered too left-field by the proprieties of high minded and elite taste. This programme of talks, shows and films provides a space to think again about the value of irreverent and sometimes overlooked performance practices in public exchanges between different performance audiences and artists, academics, activists, and curators.
Trashing Performance asks what is at stake in calling something or someone ‘trash’, and explores the cultural histories which inform the value of ‘trashy-ness’ in contemporary practice. It explores how some performance artists risk high seriousness by embracing ‘cheap’ aesthetics and popular forms, and considers how underground and avant-garde performers have sometimes made a virtue out of producing work beyond the critical pale.
Trashing Performance is the second themed year of Performance Matters, a collaboration between the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Roehampton, and the Live Art Development Agency. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Single day: £15 / £12
Four day pass: £50 / £40 * the four day pass discount is automatically added at the checkout
Talks Day 1: Under and Overwhelmed: Emotion and Performance
Talks Day 2: Mainstream and Underground
Talks Day 3: Outsider Actions
Talks Day 4: Common
£10 / £8 each *unless stated otherwise
Trash Salon: How to do things with waste?
Mel Brimfield: This is Performance Art – Part Two: Experimental Theatre and Cabaret
EAT YOUR HEART OUT presents Performance Doesn't Matter
THIS IS NOT A DREAM
Musing Muses and FeMUSEum Ribbon Cutting
27 - 29 Oct
Marcia Farquar: Open University
Disabled Avent-Garde: Backstage Drama
Trashing Performance will also be happening at TATE Modern.
For information about other Trashing Performance events, including free performances and screenings, please visit thisisperformancematters.co.uk
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