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Performance Matters presents Trashing Performance

© Owen Parry

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

26 Oct
Talks Day 1: Under and Overwhelmed: Emotion and Performance

27 Oct
Talks Day 2: Mainstream and Underground

28 Oct
Talks Day 3: Outsider Actions

29 Oct
Talks Day 4: Common

£10 / £8 each *unless stated otherwise

25 Oct
Trash Salon: How to do things with waste?
(Free event)

25 Oct
Mel Brimfield: This is Performance Art – Part Two: Experimental Theatre and Cabaret

26 Oct
EAT YOUR HEART OUT presents Performance Doesn't Matter

27 Oct

28 Oct
Musing Muses and FeMUSEum Ribbon Cutting

27 – 29 Oct
Marcia Farquar: Open University
(Free event)

29 Oct
Disabled Avent-Garde: Backstage Drama
(Free event)

Trashing Performance will also be happening at TATE Modern.

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Date and time

25–30 October 2011

Please note
This is now a past event.


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