Locating the early history of performance art in Wales, 1965-1979
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Interview with Cameron & Miller
Copyright: Shirley Cameron (Private Collection)
Heike and Rebecca travelled to a very cold, snowy Sheffield this week to meet with Shirley Cameron and Roland Miller. Cameron and Miller have performed together for over forty years, and during the early 1970s were based in Swansea. The photo here was taken during the Swansea One Week College of Art, which was attended by a number of our other contributors as art students, and a number of famous names including Jeff Nuttall, Marc Chaimowicz and Ken Campbell.
Heike has interviewed them before about their work as part of the 'What's Welsh For Performance' project. This time, we focussed on the networks of performers, venues and festivals that made up the 'scene' in Britain during the 1970s. Shirely and Roland were also kind enough to let us look through their archive of documents, photographs and ephemera.
Dr Heike Roms, Principal Investigator
Dr Rebecca Edwards, Research Assistant
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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.