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Goat Island Archive: discovering the performances by archiving them.

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Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama

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Goat Island Archive: discovering the performances by archiving them, there are no bodies in the archive only evidence that bodies were here.

Nicholas Lowe, Chair, Dept of Historic Preservation, School Of The Art Institute of Chicago

Tuesday 26th November, 5.30pm

John Thaw Studio Theatre at the Martin Harris Centre fior Music and Drama

The performance company Goat Island produced its work through a series of collaborative iterative processes yielding nine performances in twenty three years. The company might just as easily be understood as a complex institution whose membership contributed equally to the conception, research, writing, choreography, and documentation in its innovative productions. In addition to an attendant output of publications, film and video projects, workshops, summer schools lectures and symposia, all of which have contributed to their significant creative legacy.

The extensive company archive, now maintained in the Libraries and Special Collections at the School Of The Art Institute of Chicago, was recently the focus of a six month exhibition and performance series at the Chicago Cultural Center. Curated by Nicholas Lowe, the exhibition set out to reflect the generative and pedagogic processes of Goat Island while exploring the extent of the companies influences. Materials from the archive were presented alongside new works by a series of invited artist-respondents who were commissioned to develop new work based upon the nine performance works of Goat Island. Lowe will present on the intellectual underpinnings of the archive while reflecting on and discussing the curatorial rationale that facilitated the recent exhibition and performance series and that inform the ongoing development of the archive.

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Nicholas Lowe is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, author and teacher. His most recent curatorial project the exhibition and performance series, goat island archive – we have discovered the performance by making it, was at Chicago’s Cultural Center. Reviewed as ‘fresh’ and ‘visionary,’ the project was noted for the ways particular attention was paid to creating a level field of access, offering material and content through a series of meticulously pragmatic displays and live experiments. In both his curatorial and visual work, Lowe actively questions established museum structures, categorization methods and subject hierarchies. His visual and performance works grow and develop through related thinking as research-based iterative practices.

Lowe joined the faculty at SAIC in 2003 and is now tenured as Chair in the Department of Historic Preservation where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in interdisciplinary studio, curatorial approaches, collections management, archival management, and material culture. He was born in England where he received the Higher Diploma in Fine Art from the Slade School of Art in 1989, he has lived and worked as a teacher and visual artist in the UK, France, Germany and the United States.


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Hancock & Kelly, An Extraordinary Rendition. goat island archive - we have discovered the performance by making it. Chicago Cultural Center 2019. (photo: N.Lowe)


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