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Trashing Performance Day 2 Talks: Mainstream and Underground

Photo by Dom Agius

A four day pass for the Trashing Performance Talks series is available at the discounted price of £50 / £40 (buy a ticket for each day seperately and the discount will be taken off at the end). Please note that this pass does not include the shows, tickets for the shows need to be bought seperately.

11am – 5pm. £15 / £12

What does the mainstream mean in the 21st century? Is it a set of values? Is it associated with particular artists, venues, or publics? And what of the related idea of an underground? Famed since at least the 1960s as a cultural space outside of, or ‘underneath’, the mainstream, is it now defunct? If so, how do contemporary performance artists think of themselves in critical relation to the mainstream? With Neil Bartlett, Bean, Bruce Benderson, Dominic Johnson, Keith Khan, Benjamin Sebastian, and Mara Vujic (City of Women).

Trashing Performance
explores the power of creative expressions that wilfully debunk or ignore cultural ideals and hierarchies of critical value. This programme of events provide 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 is second themed year of Performance Matters, a collaboration between the Live Art Development Agency, Goldsmiths, University of London, and the University of Roehampton. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

For information about other Trashing Performance events, including free performances and screenings, please visit


Date and time

27 October 2011

Please note
This is now a past event.


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