It Was 40 Years Ago Today

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A research project devoted to uncovering and archiving the history of Performance Art in Wales.

Prosiect ymchwil i ddadorchuddio ac archifo hanes Celf Perfformio yng Nghymru.

Winner of the David Bradby TaPRA Award for Research in International Theatre and Performance 2011.

If you have any information on performance in Wales that could be of use to the project, please get in touch!

Whether you are an artist who has made performance work in Wales, or an audience member who once witnessed a performance (voluntarily or involuntarily!), we would be pleased to hear from you.
Any material will be of interest - from actual pieces of documentation to vague memories of events caught out of the corner of one's eye.
mail@performance-wales.org

Cysylltwch â ni os oes gennych unrhyw wybodaeth am berfformio yng Nghymru a allai fod o ddefnydd i'r prosiect!

Efallai eich bod yn artist sydd wedi gwneud gwaith perfformio yng Nghymru, neu'n aelod o gynulleidfa a welodd berfformiad unwaith (o'ch gwirfodd neu'n anwirfoddol!). Pwy bynnag ydych chi, hoffem glywed gennych.
Bydd unrhyw ddeunydd o ddiddordeb - o ddogfennau gwreiddiol i atgofion amwys am ddigwyddiadau a welwyd o gornel y llygad.
Mae'r manylion cyswllt wedi'u rhestru dan 'Cyswllt' yma, neu gallwch anfon e-bost i'r cyfeiriad hwn: mail@performance-wales.org

Project Director Cyfarwyddwr Prosiect: Heike Roms
Dept Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University
Adran Astudiaethau Theatr, Ffilm a Theledu Prifysgol

Contact: Professor Heike Roms
Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
Adran Astudiaethau Theatr, Ffilm a Theledu Prifysgol
Aberystwyth University
Adeilad Parry-Williams Building
Aberystwyth SY23 3AJ,
UK phone ffon: (+44) 1970 - 621911 (direct uniongyrchol) mail@performance-wales.org

Funded by Wedi ei drawsgronni gan:
ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC) (2009-2011)
(CYNGOR YMCHWIL Y CELFYDDYDAU A’R DYNIAETHAU) (2009-2011)
ARTS COUNCIL OF WALES (ACW) (2006-2008)
CYNGOR CELFYDDYDAU CYMRU (CCC) (2006-2008)
SIR DAVID HUGHES PARRY AWARD 2006, 2008
ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FUND (2007)

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Aberystwyth University Logo and link to website

Arts Council of Wales logo with link to website

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What's Welsh for Performance? Beth yw 'performance' yn Gymraeg?

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This website incorporates the website for '"It was forty years ago today" - Locating the early history of performance art in Wales, 1965–1979', a research project funded by a large Research Grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council AHRC (2009–2011). For more information on the project click here.

Quick links - highlights:

- an online searchable database with details of nearly 650 performance events made in Wales between 1963 and 1979

- over 40 oral history interviews with artists, administrators and audience members

Winner of the David Bradby TaPRA Award for Research in International Theatre and Performance 2011.

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latest update: 15 December 2014 [more]

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click here for a list of recent talks and presentations on the project

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Mike Pearson and Heike Roms: Marking Time: a coach trip into Cardiff’s performance past

For over fifty years Cardiff has played host to numerous events of performance art and experimental theatre. Mike Pearson and Heike Roms led a guided tour of former sites of performance in the city, including lecture theatres, churches and cemeteries. There audiences encountered artists and eye-witnesses – drawing on tattered documents, fading photographs, vague recollections and tentative reenactments they evoked performance work of the 1960s and 1970s and celebrated its role in Cardiff’s cultural history.

     

Audience enacting John Gingell, 'Interval Elements - Orange Game', part of Cardiff College of Art Syposium 26 January 1972, Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre, National Museum Wales; audience enacting the piece in 2013.

Part of Experimentica 2013, Chapter Cardiff - for more information on the festival click here.

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The What's Welsh for Performance? / Beth yw 'Performance' yn Gymraeg? Commission Fund 2013 went to performance artist Tim Bromage - click here for more information on the commission.

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Performing Archives/Archives of Performance

ed. by Gunhild Borggreen and Rune Gade; 480 pages | 75 color plates |
Museum Tusculanum Press - In Between States July 2013; to order click here or (if you are in the UK) click here.

Interdisciplinary and global in scope, Performing Archives/Archives of Performance investigates the relationship between live performance and recordings, bringing new—and productive—tensions between permanence and ephemerality into relief. Advancing theoretical understandings and analyzing specific artworks, performances, and archives, the contributors formulate new ways of understanding history, memory, enactment, and intervention, offering major contributions to ongoing critical discussions on performance and its disappearance and reproduction.

with contributions by: Heike Roms; Amelia Jones; Julie Louise Bacon; Peter van der Meijden; Rachel Fensham; Sarah Whatley; Tracy C. Davies; Martha Wilson; and many others.

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"The lunatics are on the loose …" EUROPEAN FLUXUS FESTIVALS 1962-1977
publication in English on the occasion of the exhibition "The lunatics are on the loose …" EUROPEAN FLUXUS FESTIVALS 1962-1977

The publication contains material on the Aberystwyth Fluxusconcert of 1968 - more on the 68 event here.

Extensive documentation of 32 selected European Fluxus events in Aachen, Aberystwyth, Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, London, Madrid, Nizza, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Poznan, Rotterdam, Scheveningen, Stockholm, Vilnius, Wiesbaden, Wuppertal

Contributions by Jennifer Burkard, Myriam Kroll, Peter van der Meijden, Susanne Rennert, Henar Rivière Ríos, Heike Roms, Vanja Sisek, Petra Stegmann, Caroline Ugelstad
artistic contributions by Eric Andersen, Philip Corner, Alison Knowles, Jaroslaw Kozlowski, Larry Miller, Ann Noël, Ben Patterson, Tamas St.Turba
Ed. by Petra Stegmann, DOWN WITH ART!, Potsdam

592 pages, handbound, numerous photographs,
42 € (including 7% VAT)
The book can be ordered through ego@inarcadia.de

In connection with the exhibition project The lunatics are on the loose …" EUROPEAN FLUXUS FESTIVALS 1962-1977

For more information on the exhibition click here or visit the exhibition's website or Facebook page.

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What's Welsh for Performance? An Oral History of Performance Art in Wales (vol.1)

Interviews with Ivor Davies, Shirley Cameron & Roland Miller, T.E.Jones, J.C.Jones & A.Knight, and Anthony Howell



For more than forty years artists have been creating performances, happenings and other time-based art in Wales, yet their work remains largely confined to half-remembered anecdotes, rumours and hearsay. What's Welsh for Performance? tries to uncover Wales's hidden history of performance in conversations with key artists who have shaped this history since 1968. Their memories, accompanied by extensive documentation, paint a vivid picture of the vibrancy and importance of performance art in Wales and elsewhere.

Trace Samizdat Press, 2008 ISBN 0955392721 RRP £10 - available through amazon and other retailers.


Proceeds from the sales of this publication go toward the What's Welsh for Performance? / Beth yw 'Performance' yn Gymraeg? Commission Fund - for details click here.

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