The Future of Documents: documenting performance – speakers

Stacie Lee Bennett: Stacie Lee Bennett Leverhulme-funded Research Associate on ‘Physical Actor Training – an online A-Z’ University of Kent, Canterbury, UK http://www.stacieleebennett.com

Stacie is a dance artist and filmmaker whose work and interests interweave documentary-style films and visual art. Graduating from the University of Chester with a 1st Class Honours degree in Dance in 2011, Stacie then gained an MFA in Choreography from the University of Roehampton in 2013. Stacie’s work aims to represent the experience and potential of dance/performance through the use of digital tools, specifically film. Her latest collaboration is a dance film titled Who is the Land, which has just finished showing at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. The film collaboration with choreographer Bethan Peters explored the cultivation of choreography in an environment of constant change, the UK coastline. Her collaborators include Trinity Laban, The Place, Roehampton University, Digital Theatre, Reactive Graphics, Ocean Outdoor, Canterbury Cathedral, Simon Ellis, Jia-Yu Corti, Emilyn Claid, Igor and Moreno and most recently Judita Vivas.

Lee Campbell: Dr Lee Campbell is an artist, curator and academic based in London. His practice plays with the parameters of contemporary art that draw attention to the performative and the participative within an art historical vernacular and seeks to interrogate how we may construct meaning between politics of space and the politics of artist/performer/protagonist articulated through visual and verbal languages. His doctoral thesis ‘Tactics of Interruption: Provoking Participation in Performance Art’ awarded by Loughborough University in 2016 made a contribution to knowledge in participative performance practice and the positive deployment of using interruptive processes; this is in order to provoke participation within the context of Performance Art as well as gain a better understanding of the operations of power relations at play. http://www.leecampbellartist.blogspot.com

Hector Dyer: Hector Dyer is a funded MPhil student at the University of Bristol where he is applying to transfer to a PhD. He has extensive experience conducting original research of Welfare State from the Theatre Collection and has helped catalogue files related to the company. His primary research interest is processional performance, participatory art and performance tradition, and the efficacy of radical performance in community-led works. He has helped organise and led workshops for various lantern processions around Britain and has helped research and create exhibitions of oral histories of Bristol. He is also a playwright and an associate artist of Bellow Theatre.

Jenny Fewster: Jenny began working on performing arts databases in the early 90’s in her role as Research Assistant at the Performing Arts Collection of South Australia. She joined AusStage, the Australian national online resource for live performance research, when the project began in 2000 and was appointed Project Manager in 2003. During her time with AusStage the project has been successful in gaining over $4 million (AUD) in funding from the Australian Research Council and other e-research schemes. Jenny is active in nurturing relationships between university researchers and cultural collections. She is currently the Deputy Chair of the Performing Arts Heritage Network of Museums Australia. www.ausstage.edu.au

Acatia Finbow: Acatia is a collaborative doctoral research student, at Tate and the University of Exeter. Her interdisciplinary research considers the value of performance documentation in the museum, focusing particularly on live works in Tate’s collection, and events and exhibitions which have taken place at the Museum’s sites since the 1970s. She is interested in theories of value and valuation, the role of the document as an artwork, and changing attitudes towards documentation in museums.

Clare Foster: Dr Clare Foster writes and teaches writing for theatre and film. A founding co-convenor of the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network at the University of Cambridge (http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/programmes/performance-network), she is currently a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at UCL’s Deparment of Greek and Latin, researching the history of the concept of adaptation in Britain c. 1814-1945 (‘Recognition Capital’). From 1994-2009 she was a full time screenwriter based in Los Angeles, specialising in literary and historical adaptations.

Liz Harper: Liz has been working in London as an archivist for a decade, since qualifying in Archives Management at UCL. For the last five years, she has been head of the Royal Albert Hall’s archive team, with the main purpose being to establish an archive at the Hall for the first time in its 146 years, and document its history of performance. Liz is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Performing Arts Collections (APAC) and is working to bring alive the RAH’s performance history in time for its 150th birthday in 2021.

Zeta Kolokythopoulou: Zeta Kolokythopoulou (aka Zeta Alex) is an interdisciplinary artist and a PhD candidate in Arts and Performance at London South Bank University. She has previously studied Fine Arts (BA, MFA) and holds a Masters in Culture Industry from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Adrian Lee: Adrian Lee works in video, performance and sculpture. He explores the material that surrounds us by reworking and re-examining the trappings of our commercial culture. His practice investigates the processes of communication and persuasion used on both domestic and international scales. It appropriates numerous visual and aural languages, re-circulating their symbolic components to disrupt the logic of our assumptions. He reorganises familiar elements from multinational corporate advertising, to vernacular promotional material, via the icons of art history and the rhetoric and actions of those with power and influence. http://www.adrianlee.info

Carali McCall: Dr Carali McCall is a Canadian-born, London UK-based artist; awarded her Ph.D. at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, UAL (thesis title, A Line is a Brea(d)thless Length: introducing the physical act of running as a form of drawing). Her practice addresses how duration, and imposed restrictions on the body can contribute to a greater awareness of what it means to draw. Approaching the body as a tool, she embraces the idea that the artist is not only physically present in the act of drawing, but also brings an experience to something that exceeds the object of art (be it through the body in live performance, video or sound recording, or photograph). http://www.caralimccall.com

Arike Oke: Arike Oke is the Rambert Archivist. She is the Co-Chair for the national subject specialist group, the Association of Performing Arts Collections (APAC). Arike is a board member for the Transforming Archives Skills for the Future project. She convenes the APAC Digital Preservation Working Group, and is a member of the National Archives’ Reference Group for the creation of the new UK wide archive strategy. Arike planned and managed the move of the Rambert Archive collections to their new home on London’s South Bank. She plans and writes successful funding applications for archive projects.

Eva del Rey: Dr Eva del Rey is curator of Drama and Literature Recordings and Digital Performance at the British Library London. Before she came to London, Eva trained and performed in Barcelona in fringe theatre, and studied Social and Cultural Anthropology. Eva wrote her PhD thesis on life stories and contemporary history based on ethnographic fieldwork and recorded video interviews, conducted in Yunnan Province, China. Eva is Advisory Board Member of Europeana Space, Best Practice Network: a European Union-funded project dedicated to the creative re-use of digital culural content (see: http://www.europeana-space.eu/).

Ramona Riedzewski: Ramona Riedzewski is the Head of Collections Management in the Theatre and Performance Department of the V&A, which holds the UK’s National Collection of the Performing Arts. She is also Treasurer and Membership Secretary of APAC, the Association of Performing Arts Collections (UK and Ireland) and a former Executive Committee member of SIBMAS, the International Association of Performing Arts Collections. As a professionally trained archivist, she worked in a number of different organisations as archivist, records manager and librarian, including Trinity College Library, Dublin; the National Library of Ireland, the Irish Red Cross as well as the Arts Council of Ireland.

Toni Sant: Dr Toni Sant is the artistic director of Spazju Kreattiv, Malta’s national centre for creativity at St James Cavalier in Valletta. He has lectured extensively on performance and digital technlogy in New York, Malta and across the United Kingdom, most recently as Reader in Digital Curation at the University of Hull. He is also the author of the books Franklin Furnace & the Spirit of the Avant Garde: A history of the future (2011) and Remembering Rediffusion in Malta: A history without future (2016). His next book, Documenting Performance: the context and processes of digital curation and archiving, will be published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama in 2017. More at www.tonisant.com.

Yaron Shyldkrot: Yaron is a practitioner-researcher currently working on a FASS funded Practice as Research PhD at the University of Surrey, exploring dramaturgies of uncertainty and theatre in the dark. He holds an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice (with distinction) from RCSSD. As a performance maker, he works as a director, lighting designer and dramaturg and co-founded Fye and Foul, a theatre company exploring unique sonic experiences, darkness and extremes.

Hansjorg Schmidt: Hansjörg Schmidt is a lighting designer, working regularly with a group of UK based artists and theatre companies. He is also the Programme Director Lighting Design at Rose Bruford College in London, and his research interests lie in the area of lighting, environment and narrative. He graduated with a BA (First Class Honours) in Drama and Theatre Arts from Goldsmiths College, and a MSc in Build Environment: Light and Lighting from the Bartlett School, UCL.