Locating the early history of performance art in Wales, 1965-1979
Monday, 25 October 2010
Interview with Roger Ely
We met with Roger Ely this week at his home in London. Roger studied at Leeds College of Art and was a contemporary of Dave Stephens. His tutors included John Darling and Jeff Nuttall, and Roger went on to become a key figure in the performance art scene as a writer, artist and programmer.
In 1977, along with Neil Butler, Roger put on the first Brighton Festival of Contemporary Arts, featuring the likes of Shirley Cameron, Roland Miller, Throbbing Gristle, IOU and many, many others. Then, in 1979 he was one of the founders of Primary Source magazine which sadly ended after 8 issues but is still a great read if you have the opportunity. Roger has also toured as an artist, including with Dave Stephens and Ian Hinchliffe as Matchbox Purveyors.
We hope to meet with Roger again before the end of the project, but would like to thank him for meeting with us and contributing to our research.
Dr Heike Roms, Principal Investigator
Dr Rebecca Edwards, Research Assistant
firstname.lastname@example.org write to:
Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
Aberystwyth SY23 3AJ /
Adran Astudiaethau Theatr, Ffilm a Theledu
Aberystwyth SY23 3AJ
The project aims to 1. compile a comprehensive record of performance art events that were created in Wales between 1965 and 1979, and reveal an important but hitherto neglected aspect of Welsh art history.
2. chart the manner in which performance art as an international artistic movement was negotiated in response to a specific localized cultural context during its formative years in the 1960s and 1970s, and advance our knowledge and understanding of the origins and early developments of this art form.
3. trace the ways in which knowledge of past performance events is transmitted in both documentation and verbal recollections, and examine the evidential potential of documents and testimonials for the construction of performance art histories.
4. make freely available to other researchers in the field not just the analysis of the research findings but the following additional resources: a comprehensive, fully searchable online database of performance art events in Wales 1965–1979, which also indexes the current location of available documentation on these events; and a range of related oral history recordings and transcripts, deposited in key archives in the field.