Performance and Ephemeral Sustainabilities in Public Space Research Group
Performance and Ephemeral Sustainabilities in Public Space brings together researchers committed to exploring new realities in theatre, performance and media arts, focusing on the primary physical investment of performance artists in embodied cultural practices and interventions – practices that stretch from theatre, dance, radio, sound and multimedia/digital projects to work in urban or outdoor nature environments.
Members of the group perceive embodiment and de-distancing as important vehicles for the exploration of knowledge (and somatic toolkit and semiotic wisdom), both from the inside and in humans' entangled relationship to ecological and political environments. The group seeks to drive research projects that also link intimately to members' teaching and pedagogical philosophies, aimed at reconfiguring the relation between practices of inquiry in the human sciences and the forms of knowledge to which they give rise.
One of the group’s fundamental premises is that knowledge is not created through an encounter between minds furnished with concepts and theories, and a material world already populated with objects, but grows from the crucible of practical and observational engagement with the multi-cellular world. Thus performative knowledge comes from thinking with, from and through beings and things, not just about them.
The group’s overall aim is to show how research underpinned by this premise could make a difference to the ephemeral sustainability of environmental relations and to the well-being that depends on it. The research thus also needs inquiries into what constitutes, and who or what owns, public spaces and outdoor off sites. They plan "off site" performances. They also very strongly advocate a new cooperation between teacher-researchers and student researchers and create a more open, shared platform of rowing upstream together.
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Brunel University, Uxbridge and London
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