Tomorrow I’m performing a revised version of my illustrated talk What To Do as part of the Beyond Text 10 Performances event. The event lasts all day, and as we contribute our performances details of each one will be posted online here, so you can watch the event unfold even if you can’t be there on the day. An archive of the day will remain on the site afterwards.

Here’s an outline from the site:

10 Performances is a text-based performance project exploring the nature of performative writing and its relation to the staged event of performance. Five established international artists and five UK-based postgraduate artists will contribute one written work each.

Sharing a concern with language “not as a text, but, as an event” (Etchells, 1999: 105), the project’s aim is to explore the notion of writing as a way of performing as well as the ways that performance is being elaborated through linguistic and writing processes.

The main aim of the artists participating in the project is therefore to expand the forms and ways that one can “make writing perform” (Pollock, 1998:75).

The ten artists participating in the project are:

  • Mark Caffrey (Queen’s University, Belfast)
  • Barbara Campbell (Australia)
  • Robin Deacon (UK)
  • Matthew Goulish (USA)
  • Akillas Karazisis (Greece)
  • Johanna Linsley (Queen Mary, University of London)
  • Cathy Naden (UK)
  • Tamarin Norwood (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • Theron Schmidt (Queen Mary, University of London)
  • Danae Theodoridou (Roehampton University)

Rachel Lois Clapham (UK-based writer and Open Dialogues co-director) will contribute a creative response to the works presented.