Performance art waste: investigating detritus in and from devising work for the gallery

WATTS, Lisa and LEE, Joanne (2018). Performance art waste: investigating detritus in and from devising work for the gallery. Performance Research.

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This co-authored paper emerges from on-going research undertaken since 2013 by artist Lisa Watts and artist/writer Joanne Lee. The overarching enquiry explores the problems and successes of curatorial models for the presentation of performance in the mainstream/daytime programme of a ‘white cube’ gallery space. During the research, different types of performance were presented in the gallery: ‘in-the-making’ (being devised) and ‘finished works’; they both involved new and used materials and objects familiar from DIY, gardening and the domestic context. This current paper focuses upon two of the significant by-products of this research. The first is an issue of sustainability with the trying-out, using-up, reusing, recycling or disposal of materials and objects; the second is the effect upon visitors and curators of experiencing detritus that has materialised and remains in the gallery during the public devising and presentation of performance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: performance; leftovers; mess; practice; artistic-research
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
Departments: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Art and Design
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Depositing User: Joanne Lee
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2018 11:03
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2019 10:17

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