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Illness & The Enduring Body (Symposium)

]performance s p a c e [

Saturday, 9 June 2012 from 10:00 to 17:00 (BST)

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Illness & The Enduring Body (Symposium)
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Illness and The Enduring Body (Symposium)

Saturday 9th June, 10am - 5pm

Martin O’Brien will curate a one-day symposium addressing issues surrounding Illness and the enduring body within performance. The Symposium will consist of 3 panes of speakers followed by a final open discussion. Contributors include artists, academics from performance, sociology and medical science. The symposium will consider ways in which the body has been conceived and represented within both art and medicine. Offering various perspectives on the ways in which the medicalised body and bio- scientific practices have been appropriated within performance, physical endurance and pain within art and medicine, ethics and the human body. The speakers will address the limits of human corporeality and how artists have worked with their own biological matter, placing their bodies under duress, in order to communicate and in doing so have challenged contemporary ideologies around the body. Regimes of Hardship will pay particular attention to the ways in which artists have engaged with issues around medicine, illness and the enduring body.


The symposium is a new collaboration, aimed at developing and sustaining connections between ]performance s p a c e [ and new Live Art audiences. Through out the symposium, social media will track dialogue as it develops in real time, allowing access to regional and international online audiences.

Contributors: Martin O'Brien, Bean, Dr Gianna Bouchard (Principal lecturer in performance at Anglia Ruskin), Lois Keidan (Director Live Art Development Agency),Ron Athey, Franko B, Dr. Karen Lowton (Medical sociologist senior lecturer King's College London), Rita Marcalo, Georgia Testa (Bio-Ethicist, University of Leeds), Tuheen Huda and Michael Mayhew + Special guest  

Location: ]performance s p a c e [: Unit 6, Hamlets Industrial Estate, White Post Lane, E95EN, London.

Tel: 020 353 82 474


Transport: Overground: Hackney Wick Bus:


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]performance s p a c e [
Unit 6 Hamlet Industrial Estate
White Post Lane
E9 5EN London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 9 June 2012 from 10:00 to 17:00 (BST)

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]performamance s p a c e [ aims to cultivate live work that critically and physically pushes the boundaries of body and space.  It is a place where work can unfold without restraints of curation, duration or space; commit­ted to supporting challenging and difficult work that embraces performance art as an ever-evolving medium.

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