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Trashing Dance Theatre Journal

I’m really looking forward to the new issue of Dance Theatre Journal on trash, edited by Owen G. Parry and João Florêncio. As part of the ‘trash team’ of the research project Performance Matters, I have been lucky to follow the development of this issue – and I am so happy that my article “This Performance Stinks: dunst and the Politics of Arrested Development” has been included.

This is what the editors write about the issue:

This special issue of Dance Theatre Journal is a dedicated and rigorous exploration of Trash in art, performance, work, and club culture. It features interviews with performance star and living-legend Penny Arcade, club performer Mouse, sex worker and activist Thierry Schaffauser, plus articles exploring the work of John Sex, Danish collective dunst, Club Wotever, wasted works, contaminated performances and the ‘lowest form of performance’ – living street sculptures. Forms of trashy articulation including soap box articles, TV Chat Shows and Tabloid Newspapers interrupt and compliment more formal essays and interviews in this special issue!

Contributors include: Augusto Corrieri, Bryony Kimmings, Eirini Kartsaki, Johanna Linsley, Lisa Wesley, Lorena Rivero de Beer, Marcia Farquhar, Marianne Mulvey, Mathias Danbolt, Oriana Fox, R. Justin Hunt, Rachel Lois Clapham, Season Butler, Tero Nahua, The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein, Vikki Chalklin.

If you are in London on October 25 at 18.00, pop by Toynbee Studios (28 Commercial Lane) for the release party and get a copy!

But it might be a good idea to come to Toynbee’s earlier on that Tuesday to experience the Trash Salon running between 14.00-18.00 where many of us DTJ-contributers will be performing. I’m gonna do a text-performance entitled “Getting Trashed: Scraps from the Dustbin of History”…

The Trash Salon kickstarts the week of Trashing Performance Public Programme which will make London quite a lot filthier:

Whereas the Trash Salon on Tuesday the 25th is free, the Trashing Performance events taking place later on in the week is ticketed. But I can assure you it will be worth the money, as you get the chance to hear people like Lauren Berlant, José Munoz, Vaginal Davis, Jennifer Doyle, Louis Weaver, Bird la Bird, Mel Brimfield, Gavin Butt, David Hoyle, Oreet Ashery, etc etc etc. See you there!


PSi 17: Trashing Performance

Performance Studies International‘s annual conference takes place in Utrecht this year between May 25-29, and has the title “Camilo 2.0: technology, Memory, Experience.” I’m currently working on my paper for the conference entitled “This Performance Stinks: DUNST, trash, and the politics of arrested development.” My abstracts reads:

“Since their formation in 2001 in Copenhagen, the Danish performance and activist collective DUNST has made their name on the cultural scene with trashy genderfuck performances, outrageous parties, and a number of scandalous interventions on public radio and TV.

This paper analyzes the politics of DUNST’s performance practice, focusing on their investment in trashing of everything from high culture to respectable heteronormality. DUNST’s practice does not fit easily within traditional idioms of politics, due to their avoidance of the realm of the serious by all means, disassociating themselves from norms of appropriate behavior. Focusing on the figure of the perverted child endlessly caught in the “anal stage” that keeps recurring in their performances, I’m interested in reading DUNST’s practice as an example of what I call the politics of arrested development: a politics centered on refusing to “grow up” and align oneself with the straight timelines of heteronormative society.

Although DUNST’s staging of “arrested development” can be said to problematize heteronormative politics and codes of conduct, I’m interested in addressing the potential limits of this position in light of issues concerning race, whiteness, and privilege. Can their refusal of norms and appropriate behavior take part in creating other forms of normalities and other Others? And by what standards may we judge the practice of a group who not only vehemently disassociates itself from political and progressive value systems, but whose practice can hardly be said to be consistent?”

I’ll present my paper in the panel “Trashing Performance,” with the fantastic members of my research group by that name. We’re part of the Performance Matters research program – a AHRC-funded collaboration between Goldsmiths University, Rohampton University and Live Art Development Agency.

The “Trash Team,” as we’re called, have a joint session at PSi 17 comprised of a panel and a shift: I’ll present my paper in the panel “Trashing Performance” together with Vikki Chalklin, João Florêncio, and Gavin Butt (chair). After a short break, “The O Show” will take over the stage, hosted by the one and only Oriana Fox, who talk to the guests of the night: Owen G. Parry, Vikki Chalklin, João Florêncio, and Jay Stewart.

“The O Show” will be streamed online, so you can all watch and participate from a computer near you on Thursday May 26, between 19.30 and 21.00. More info will follow.

See the preliminary program for PSi 17 here (PDF).