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The Performing Documents conference is the culminating public event of this large-scale research project, which looks at the remains of live art today.

With: Every House Has a Door

‘Replace’ feeds into and reflects on the Version Control exhibition as an example of the wide-ranging possibilities for performance within curatorial strategy. Over three days, an international group of scholars, artists, theatre makers, digital media practitioners, choreographers and archivists will gather for a series of lectures, dialogues and performances, reflecting on the state of contemporary performance and its documents.

Highlights include: a keynote speech by Rebecca Schneider; artists Every House Has a Door, Blast Theory, Bodies in Flight and Performance Re-enactment Society; performances from Version Control artists Felix Gmelin and Tim Etchells; and a special exhibition at the University of Bristol’s Live Art Archive of the newly acquired Franko B archive.

Performing Documents is an AHRC funded project produced by the University of Bristol, the University of Exeter, In Between Time and Arnolfini.

Performing Documents is a research project and series of events presenting performance in relation to documentation. April sees the last of four presentations at Arnolfini, bookending the exhibition Version Control (the series’ third presentation) with a three-day conference. Led by Professor Nick Kaye from the University of Exeter, the theme of the conference is ‘Replace’ considering the research potential of curatorial practice as a mode of enquiry. In recent years curators have adopted an expanded approach to performance, investigating concepts like history, duration, mediation and social practice under its definitional umbrella and in doing so have bypassed familiar binary enquiries (such as ‘the object’ versus ‘the live’.). The ‘Replace’ strand feeds into and reflects on Version Control as an example of the wide-ranging possibilities for performance within curatorial strategy.


Tickets from University of Bristol box office. £120/£80 concession/£40 Day Tickets