Re-search: Returns and accumulations in creative and theoretical processes (Day 2)
6th May 2021 1:00pm-3:00pm
A training event in two parts for PhD students in the arts and humanities
This training event explores the ways in which the process of research
engages with the practice of moving between different materials that often
overlap, intersect and accumulate. It encourages researchers in the Arts and in
the Humanities to consider the implications of attending to the “gaps” in
between materials and perspectives, and of “re-searching” and “re-writing”
knowledges and experiences across different mediatic, historical, cultural,
artistic and philosophical frameworks and paradigms. How does the cumulative
and iterative practice of “re-search” question and perhaps unsettle accepted
epistemological paradigms, inviting the researcher to consider the
interconnected mechanisms that make up theoretical and creative activity?
Part 2: Thursday 6 May 2021
co-led by Dr Daniela Perazzo Domm (Kingston University), Dr Diana Damian Martin
(Central School of Speech and Drama), Dr Eleanor Roberts (University of
Roehampton) and Dr Nik Wakefield (University of Portsmouth):
workshop will bring into dialogue different perspectives on “re-searching” and
“re-writing” knowledges through short provocations and discussion of selected
texts (to be distributed to the participants in advance).
are encouraged to bring material from their own research projects for
discussion in small groups.
Damian Martin will discuss processes of re-writing, in relation to queer
temporalities, unmasterful poetics and geo-political fictions, specifically
related to transnational research.
Perazzo Domm will interrogate the place of uncertainty and precarity in the
process of re-search, questioning what possibilities might be opened up by an
approach to thinking and researching that refuses mastery and embraces
indeterminacy, vulnerability and discomfort.
Eleanor Roberts will interrogate concepts
of authenticity in archival research. Particularly, she will discuss
speculative, automythological and decentred performance practices which enact
active politics of refusal – and how they may brush up against the fraught
terrain of so-called 'post-truth'.
will discuss a return to a practice research performance. Remaking the work
provided an opportunity to address findings from the first iteration,
specifically in a certain moment that navigated visibility and disclosure in
relation to running and inability.
are invited to bring material and questions from your own PhD research that
address or intersect with the themes above. Following the provocations (approx.
10 minutes each), we will break-out into rooms which will offer participants
the opportunity to present their engagement with and perspective on the event’s
theme, including (but not limited to) those addressed by the provocations and
suggested resources. This will develop small-group discussions, which will then
be briefly shared with the whole group (in the main Zoom meeting) to conclude
Event participants will have temporary access to view
Onyeka Igwe’s film A So-Called Archive online as part of the
suggested resources. An access code will be provided in the run up to the
event is hosted by Kingston University London and is funded by the TECHNE
doctoral training partnership. It is open to PhD students in the arts and
humanities at all stages of their research.
Dr Daniela Perazzo Domm is Senior Lecturer in Dance at Kingston
University London and Postgraduate Research Coordinator for the School of Arts,
Culture and Communication. Her research interrogates the intersections of the
aesthetic and the political in contemporary choreography. She writes on the
po(i)etic, critical and ethical potentialities of experimental and
collaborative dance practices. Her publications include articles in Performance
Philosophy, Performance Research, Dance Research Journal, Choreographic
Practices and Contemporary Theatre Review. Her first monograph, Jonathan
Burrows: Towards a Minor Dance, was published by Palgrave in 2019. She is
co-convenor of the Theatre, Performance and Philosophy working group of the
Theatre and Performance Research Association and long-time collaborator of
Triennale Milano Teatro.
Diana Damian Martin is an artist
and researcher. She is Senior Lecturer in Performance Arts at Central School of
Speech and Drama, where she currently leads the BA (Hons) Contemporary
Performance Practice-Performance Arts course. She is Editor of Margins for Performance
Philosophy Journal and a member of Performance Studies International’s
Future Advisory Board. Her work concerns itself with collective critical
epistemologies, queer and feminist modes of exchange and practice, and the
ecological and representational poetics of migration, with a focus on Eastern
Europe. Her work is often collaborative, and she is involved in a number of
groups including action group Migrants in Culture, the collective The
Department of Feminist Conversations, critical cooperative Critical
Interruptions and practice research collective Generative Constraints. She is
editor of States of Wake: Dedicating Performance (performance
space, 2018) and co-editor of Critical Interruptions Vol 1: Steakhouse
Live (LADA, 2018). She has published articles for Global Performance
Studies, Contemporary Theatre Review, Performance Philosophy and Performance
Research and has contributed to numerous books and artistic projects.
Eleanor Roberts is Senior Lecturer at University of Roehampton.
Her work so far has focused on performance and visual art in the 1960s and
1970s, conceptual and participatory art, contemporary queer and feminist live
art, and practices of institutional critique. Recent publications include those
in the collections Live Art in the UK: Contemporary Performances of
Precarity (2020) and Performance, Subjectivity and
Experimentation (2020). She was collaborator with Prof. Lois Weaver
on Are We There Yet? A Study Room Guide on Live Art and Feminism (2014)
and was co-curator of the Google Cultural Institute exhibition Live Art
and Feminism in the UK (2015).
Nik Wakefield is Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Design
and Performance at University of Portsmouth. He is a researcher, artist and
writer working mostly in performance but also across dance, theatre and visual
art. His research is concerned with theoretical issues of time and ecology in
contemporary performance and art practices. Wakefield’s solo and collaborative
performances have been shown in UK, USA and Europe. His writing has been
published in journals such as Performance Research, Maska, Choreographic
Practices, Contemporary Theatre Review and TDR. He is
co-convener of the working group in Theatre, Performance and Philosophy in the
Theatre and Performance Research Association.