The AHRC Beyond Text strategic programme was developed in 2007 following a period of consultation with the arts and humanities research communities which identified visual communication, sensory perception, orality and material culture as key concerns for 21st century scholarship and the wider community. The £5.5 million programme ran for 5 years until May 2012: full programme specification here.

The 10 Performances event was part of the Beyond Text programme. It was a text-based performance project exploring the nature of performative writing and its relation to the staged event of performance. Five established international artists and five UK based postgraduate artists contributed one written work each, and within the project’s frame the page became the material stage upon which the performances were realised. Sharing a concern with language “not as a text, but, as an event”, as Tim Etchells, the artistic director of Forced Entertainment, has aptly noted, the project’s aim is to explore the notion of writing as a way of performing as well as the ways that performance is being elaborated through linguistic and writing processes. The main aim of the artists participating in the project is therefore to expand the forms and ways that one can “make writing perform”  (Pollock, 1998:75).

The project was led by Danae Theodoridou, a postgraduate student of Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at Roehampton University. The one-day event was held on Thursday 26 November 2009 at Roehampton University, London.

Artists:
Mark Caffrey (Queen’s University, Belfast)
Barbara Campbell (Australia)
Robin Deacon (UK)
Matthew Goulish (USA)
Akillas Karazisis (Greece)
Johanna Linsley (Queen Mary, University of London)
Cathy Naden (UK)
Tamarin Norwood (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Theron Schmidt (Queen Mary, University of London)
Danae Theodoridou (Roehampton University)

My contribution was What To Do, an illustrated performative talk first devised in 2007.

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