Thursday, 2 July 2009

Research Themes

The project will be focussing its research primarily around the following themes:

1. Performance and Pedagogy - the emergence of performance art in the context of new approaches to art education at Cardiff College of Art, Newport School of Art, the Barry Summer School etc in the 1960s. Of special interest here is the work of Tom Hudson and John Gingell at Cardiff.

2. Networks, Internationalism and Student Politics - the role of student-run university art festivals in Swansea, Aberystwyth, Cardiff and Bangor in the late 1960s

3. New Infrastructures – the emergence of art centres at Cardiff (Chapter and Sherman), Aberystwyth and Swansea (Taliesin) and their role in the development of performance art in the early 1970s

4. British Performance Art between Theatre and Art in the early-mid 1970s. This will include a closer look at the work of Shirley Cameron, Roland Miller, Rob Con, Ian Hinchcliffe, Welfare State and others.

5. Performance Cymraeg - the emergence of Welsh identity as a theme in performance art in the late 1970s, including a discussion of the influence of the performance art pavilion at the Wrexham Eisteddfod 1977 and the work of Paul Davies.

If you have information to offer on any of these themes or the events mentioned we would be pleased to hear from you!

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Research Assistant starts today!

We are very pleased to welcome Dr Rebecca Edwards to the project! For a little background information on Rebecca's previous work see the blog entry on the 15 May.

Second phase of the project

The second phase of the project (1 July 2009 - 30 September 2009) will be devoted to:
- inducting and training the new Research Assistant
- arranging archive visits and interviews
- organising existing materials and updating the project database
- undertaking research in various archives, primarily in the National Library of Wales

American Fluxus artist Philip Corner participating in the Assembly Line happening, organised by Tom Hudson, Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre in Cardiff, September 1965. © Tom Hudson estate