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TAPS: Improvisations with Paul Burwell

Anne Bean


Paul Burwell was infamous for his exuberant fusions of fine-art installation, percussion and explosive performance. He was a staunch advocate of, and passionate participant in, all forms of experimental art.

Over the course of three days at Dilston Grove in September 2010, TAPS combined film, installation and performance, portraying layers of interpretation from more than 80 invited collaborators in response to Burwell’s poem Adventures in the House of Memory.

The body of collaborators, including Stephen Berkoff, Evan Parker, Rose English and Paul McCarthy, responded to the poem by each creating a short film or audio work as a new collaboration for, about or ‘with’ Burwell. Fragments of each collaborator’s film or audio work now make a collective totem in a one hour composite film interpreted and edited by Anne Bean and Chris Bishop and available in full online. A link can be accessed through Matt’s Gallery.

TAPS was a Matt’s Gallery project at Dilston Grove supported by a Legacy: Thinker in Residence Award to Anne Bean. Legacy is a collaboration between the Live Art Development Agency and Tate Research, financially assisted by Arts Council England and the Live Art Development Agency. Legacy acknowledges the outstanding bodies of work of two artists who have influenced the development of the Live Art field by supporting them to think about the legacies of performance in art historical contexts and examine the processes and challenges of archiving live work. The Legacy recipients are Anne Bean and Tim Etchells. Further information can be found at Live Art Development Agency.