rethinking why performance matters through the matter of performance
Trashing Performance



29 October 2011

Toynbee Studios, Theatre


With Franco "Bifo" Berardi, Tania Bruguera, Ingo Cando, Simon Casson (of Duckie), Common Culture, and Tavia Nyong'o


One often hears the word ‘common’ invoked pejoratively in snobbish dismissals of the values of the people, sometimes echoed in the negative assumptions about popular cultural pleasures in academic art history and performance studies. During this final day of talks at Toynbee Theatre, our contributors think more positively about the values of commonality in contemporary performance and culture. Focusing upon broadly anti-elitist, and inclusive forms of practice, this day will explore the democratic promise of performance. Issues of collective and collaborative working practices; performance artists and community participation; popular performance and its audiences, and the commonalities between performers and their audiences, will variously be addressed in order to ask how an attention to shared values might revivify the contemporary cultural politics of participation.

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Full video documentation of Trashing Performance is available to view at the Live Art Development Agency Study Room and the British Library