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'Art and its Theatrical Turn'

Gilmorehill Centre, 9 University Ave, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

26 November 2016

Saturday 26 November
11am - 5pm

Presented by The Common Guild, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, ‘Art and its Theatrical Turn’ was an informal symposium that will consider the reasons for, and implications of, the many recent projects that have combined visual art, scripted drama and theatrical performance.

The discussion followed The Common Guild’s recent productions 'At Twilight' by artist Simon Starling in collaboration with theatre maker Graham Eatough, and 'Sink Down Mountain, Rise Up Valley' by artist Ulla von Brandenburg, as well as other projects. It considered theatre and theatricality as form and media, and where and why they appear in contemporary visual art projects, specifically in works that use some of the conventions of theatre making, rather than positioning themselves in the anti-theatricality of ‘performance art’.

Discussions included questions of contingency, presence and collective encounter and experience. Rather than ‘degenerating as it approaches the condition of theatre’*, is art in fact inherently theatrical?

With contributions from:
Katrina Brown, Director, The Common Guild
Dr. Graham Eatough, theatre maker, co-founder of Suspect Culture, and Lecturer in Theatre Studies at University of Glasgow
Dr. Clare Finburgh, Senior Lecturer Drama & Theatre, University of Kent
Maria Fusco, Senior Chancellor’s Fellow – Reader and Director of Research & Knowledge Exchange, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
Prof. Joe Kelleher, Professor Drama, Theatre & Performance, University of Roehampton
Dr. Dominic Paterson, Lecturer in History of Art, University of Glasgow
Convener: Prof. Carl Lavery, Professor Theatre & Performance, University of Glasgow

*Michael Fried in ‘Art and Objecthood’, Artforum, 1967