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Performing Viral Pandemics?

Started by aha. Last reply by aha May 11, 2020. 2 Replies

Hi.Hopefully all is well!The shorty is a suggestion to start an online conversation group to elaborate questions from theCovid-19 oriented period and Performance Philosophy?eg. Intra-Active Virome?…Continue

We all have the same dream?

Started by Egemen Kalyon Apr 2, 2020. 0 Replies

Hello, "We all have the same dream" is my project that aims to create an archive from the dreams of our era and reinterpret Jung's "collective unconscious" concepts with performance and performing…Continue

Circus and Its Others 2020, UC Davis CFP

Started by Ante Ursic Mar 15, 2020. 0 Replies

Circus and its Others 2020November 12-15University of California, DavisRevised Proposal Deadline: April 15, 2020Launched in 2014, the Circus and its Others research project explores the ways in which…Continue

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"Further Evidence on the Meaning of Musical Performance" Working Paper

Posted by Phillip Cartwright on January 15, 2020 at 21:28 0 Comments

Karolina Nevoina and I are pleased to announce availability of our working paper, "Further Evidence on the Meaning of Musical Performance". Special thanks to Professor Aaron Williamon and the Royal College of Music, Centre for Performance Science.…


Division of Labor - Denis Beaubois

Posted by Gabrielle Senza on February 23, 2018 at 0:36 0 Comments

I just came across Denis Beaubois, an Australian multidisciplinary artist whose work, Currency - Division of Labor might be of interest to researchers here.

It is a series of video/performance works that use the division of labor model in capitalism as a structural tool for performance.

From his website:

The Division of labour work explores…




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Reflections after Performance Philosophy at Trinity Laban - March 2013

Jonathan Clark kindly invited me to give a talk on PP at Trinity Laban yesterday evening - a really welcome opportunity, for me at least, to think through my sense of where Performance Philosophy is at thus far and where it might go in future. In particular though it was great to meet so many researchers from across the disciplines, though particularly Music and Dance, who are concerned with a lot of the same issues that have been bugging me for years. We talked a lot, for instance, about some of the remaining issues around PaR - the continuing resistance to the notion that practice can speak for itself in terms of its research status, and indeed, the question of whether the predominant notion of "research" in UK HEIs (ie. the AHRC definition) is the most appropriate one for our practices. Jonathan raised some really interesting points around the conventional expectations often imposed on practitioners working in PaR contexts. For instance, the apparently unassailable requirement for practitioners to "have a process", to be able to "articulate" and "critically interrogate" that process. A number of Music PhD students and I also talked afterwards about the extent to which the insistence on a textual dimension to the majority of PaR PhDs might be understood as a reflection of persistent anxieties around the judgment or evaluation of practice (or the supposedly subjective nature thereof). Of course, this has all been discussed before, but it did press me to think further about what Performance Philosophy might bring to the table of such conversations, to what extent PP might provide a site for developing alternative models of thinking practice alongside the PaR paradigm.

Nik Wakefield also asked some important questions about the architecture of PP - something, I must confess I have not thought a greal deal about until now. He was thinking of the sites Performance Philosophy might require or create for its practices - whether in terms of thinking through what a Performance Philosophy classroom might look like, or in terms of the flexibility of spaces required by an inter-discipline that potentially combines diverse performance practices including new performative forms of philosophy. The matter of site, as we went on to discuss, is also a socio-political consideration in terms of my own sense that Performance Philosophy must remain open to those who challenge our existing ideas of what constitutes [proper] 'philosophy' or 'performance'. Rather than feeling we need to pin down definitions of what constitutes 'philosophy' or 'performance' - and hence Performance Philosophy - I feel more excited by the prospect of a field in which both terms can be reconceived on the basis of their encounter. Fixed definitions (based, for instance, on notions of what is 'recognized' as philosophy) seem to risk excluding not only the new, but also the outsider or unauthorized forms of thinking that go on outwith the academy. Likewise with performance.

So there are questions about how PP might relate to a public beyond academia and the art world. But  there were also questions around the forms of event Performance Philosophy might produce in future (beyond the University situated conference). It made me think back to a project I worked on with my colleagues in the SpRoUt collective called 'Under Construction'. One idea here was to create a platform that would allow us to stage an event in perpetual process -

Likewise, perhaps a future PP event could involve providing the tools, spaces, frameworks for researchers to produce their own forms of event rather than pre-empting the nature of those with the panel/workshop structure and the limits of the University architecture. Places like Conway Hall in London are also interesting for their in-between status, and have hosted interesting film philosophy events in the past that might also provide another potential model

Anyway, in case its of interest, my Powerpoint from the talk is available here. Looking forward to talking more at the conference - not long now!

Powerpoint from Trinity Laban talk 

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Comment by Jonathan Owen Clark on April 2, 2013 at 17:41

Thanks again for the talk Laura. I think the issues raised above deserve more discussion, especially what you call the 'unassailable' PaR requirements in our HEI's. I've just joined this forum, and hope to contribute on this, and other matters, in future.

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