rethinking why performance matters through the matter of performance
Trashing Performance

PhD Research

On 25 October 2011 Performance Matters Researchers and Associate Researchers kick-started the Trashing Performance Public Programme with a Trash Salon at Toynbee Studios, London. How to do things with waste? Researchers and artists shared, discussed, reflected on and presented 'wasted works': what to do with these would-be or could-be works? Does showing wasted work imply salvaging it from the trash heap? How might we think about the ways we present such waste? See Shows for more info and documentation.


Performance Matters incorporates two funded PhD projects that are being developed by Augusto Corrieri (University of Roehampton) and Owen Parry (Goldsmiths, University of London). Both researchers are engaged in practice-as-research processes in relation to the respective themes of Performing Idea and Trashing Performance, and are assisting the Performance Matters organisers on curatorial work for the project. As Performance Matters Researchers they have organised a series of events with the Associate Researchers including a public Creative Research Laboratory at A Foundation, a Performing Idea Forum at Whitechapel Gallery, and a Trashing Performance Seminar and Workshop at Live Art Development Agency.

Performance Matters also has a diverse community of PhD Associate Researchers from University of Roehampton and Goldsmiths, University of London. A graduate seminar on Trashing Performance has been organised by Gavin Butt and has formed a regular meeting point and ideas workshop for researchers at Goldsmiths throughout the Performance Matters project thus far.