rethinking why performance matters through the matter of performance
Trashing Performance

A collaboration between Goldsmiths, University of London, University of Roehampton, and the Live Art Development Agency

Goldsmiths Live Art Development Agency

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Trashing Performance (2010-2011)

Trashing Performance, year-two of Performance Matters featured a series of dialogues, workshops, seminars and an international public programme with irreverent artists, activists and thinkers working at the edges of taste and respectability. It starred movers and shakers from the worlds of live art, performance, cabaret, academia and beyond!

From 25 to 30 October 2011, a public programme of Talks! Shows! Films! and Workshops! was held across Toynbee Studios, Tate Modern & Bethnal Green Working Men's Club. Click on the links to view selected documentation and info on each event.

Contributors included:

Oreet Ashery, Neil Bartlett, Bean, Dickie Beau, Bavand Behpoor, Bruce Benderson, Lauren Berlant, Franco "Bifo" Berardi, Lisa Blackman, Bird La Bird, Rocio Boliver (La Congelada de Uva), Mel Brimfield, Tania Bruguera, Gavin Butt, Ingo Cando, Simon Casson of Duckie, Stuart Comer, Common Culture, Augusto Corrieri, Vaginal Davis, The Disabled Avant-Garde (Katherine Araniello and Aaron Williamson), Jennifer Doyle, Marcia Farquhar, Figs in Wigs, Inti Guerrero, Sue Hart, Adrian Heathfield, Adrian Howells, David Hoyle, Dominic Johnson, Joe E. Jeffreys, Lois Keidan, Keith Khan, Bettina Knaup, Amy Lamé, Nando Messias, Miss Annabel Sings, Tavia Nyong'o, Nigel & Louise of Shunt, Harold Offeh, Owen Parry, Platform and Liberate Tate, Scottee, Benjamin Sebastian, Marc Siegel, Susan Stryker, Carmelita Tropicana, Mara Vujic of City of Women, Ben Walters, Lois Weaver, Jonny Woo.

Download the Schedule

Documentation of Trashing Performance talks and shows is available to view in the Live Art Development Agency Study Room and  British Library.

Publications and DVD's by Trashing Performance contributors, including a special issue of Trashing Dance Theatre Journal are available to purchase on Unbound.

Performance Matters

Performance Matters is a creative research project exploring the challenges that contemporary performance presents to ideas of cultural value. The project asks whether such forms of cultural practice are now being taken seriously in culture more broadly, and how they may possess the potential to refashion understandings of what, and how, things matter in the contemporary world.

Between 2009 and 2012 Performance Matters will move through three themed years of interlinked research activities, Performing Idea (2009/10), Trashing Performance (2010/11), and Potentials of Performance (2011/12).

Documentation of Performing Idea is now available online; it includes video extracts from the presentations and performances that took place at the Performing Idea Public Programme (Oct 2010).

A range of books and dvds by Performance Matters contributors are available on Unbound.

How to get involved

To register your interest and keep up to date with Performance Matters, send an email including your full name to with the subject heading ‘Register me’.

Below is the archive of News items that appeared during Trashing Performance (2010/2011).

2010-2011 News

Trashing Dance Theatre Journal

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Performance Matters books and DVDs for sale on Unbound

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Trashing Tate Bookings open!

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Follow Performance Matters on FaceBook and Twitter

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Trashing Performance Workshops - International call for participants

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2010-2011 Words & Images


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Away day on the Jersey Shore

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Museum Musings

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Amy's Closet

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Art-Breaker: Confessions of a Critic (Episode 53, Part 7)

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