It Was 40 Years Ago Today

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A research project devoted to uncovering and archiving the history of Performance Art in Wales.

Prosiect ymchwil i ddadorchuddio ac archifo hanes Celf Perfformio yng Nghymru.

Winner of the David Bradby TaPRA Award for Research in International Theatre and Performance 2011.

If you have any information on performance in Wales that could be of use to the project, please get in touch!

Whether you are an artist who has made performance work in Wales, or an audience member who once witnessed a performance (voluntarily or involuntarily!), we would be pleased to hear from you.
Any material will be of interest - from actual pieces of documentation to vague memories of events caught out of the corner of one's eye.
mail@performance-wales.org

Cysylltwch â ni os oes gennych unrhyw wybodaeth am berfformio yng Nghymru a allai fod o ddefnydd i'r prosiect!

Efallai eich bod yn artist sydd wedi gwneud gwaith perfformio yng Nghymru, neu'n aelod o gynulleidfa a welodd berfformiad unwaith (o'ch gwirfodd neu'n anwirfoddol!). Pwy bynnag ydych chi, hoffem glywed gennych.
Bydd unrhyw ddeunydd o ddiddordeb - o ddogfennau gwreiddiol i atgofion amwys am ddigwyddiadau a welwyd o gornel y llygad.
Mae'r manylion cyswllt wedi'u rhestru dan 'Cyswllt' yma, neu gallwch anfon e-bost i'r cyfeiriad hwn: mail@performance-wales.org

Project Director Cyfarwyddwr Prosiect: Heike Roms
Dept Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University
Adran Astudiaethau Theatr, Ffilm a Theledu Prifysgol

Contact: Professor Heike Roms
Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
Adran Astudiaethau Theatr, Ffilm a Theledu Prifysgol
Aberystwyth University
Adeilad Parry-Williams Building
Aberystwyth SY23 3AJ,
UK phone ffon: (+44) 1970 - 621911 (direct uniongyrchol) mail@performance-wales.org

Funded by Wedi ei drawsgronni gan:
ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC) (2009-2011)
(CYNGOR YMCHWIL Y CELFYDDYDAU A’R DYNIAETHAU) (2009-2011)
ARTS COUNCIL OF WALES (ACW) (2006-2008)
CYNGOR CELFYDDYDAU CYMRU (CCC) (2006-2008)
SIR DAVID HUGHES PARRY AWARD 2006, 2008
ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FUND (2007)

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What's Welsh for Performance? Beth yw 'performance' yn Gymraeg?

:15 events from 15 years: 1969

:1965 :1966 :1967 :1968 :1969 :1970 :1971 :1972 :1973 :1974 :1975 :1976 :1977 :1978 :1979

      

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Keith Arnatt; Ed Herring (photographer); Gerry Schum (producer)

Self-Burial or The Disappearance of the Artist; also: Self-Burial (Television Interference Project)

Summer 1969; Broadcast: 1 min. - broadcast: 11-18 Oct. 1969 at 8.15 and 9.15pm

Tintern; broadcast: WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk Germany

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With the emergence of Conceptual art, many artists argued that art should be an activity or an experience, instead of simply an object. Self Burial is an ironic and humorous response. As Arnatt wrote, 'the continual reference to the disappearance of the art object suggested to me the eventual disappearance of the artist himsel'. These photos were first broadcast on German television in October 1969. One photo was shown each day, for about two seconds. They were neither announced nor explained – viewers had to make what sense of them they could. (From the display caption July 2005. (The Tate Collection www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ViewWork?workid=589&searchid=16566)

With no announcement or further commentary, WDR 3 television inserted into the programmes showing between 11 and 18 October 1969 a series of nine photographs depicting Arnatt gradually sinking into the ground. Two consecutive photos were shown each evening, the first one at 8.15pm, directly after the main news broadcast, the second one in the middle of whatever programme was running at 9.15pm. The enigma was solved at the end of the one-week series by an interview with the artist. As Arnatt explained, the series was not created specifically for TV transmission: 'It was originally made as a comment upon the notion of the «disappearance of the art object». It seemed a logical corollary that the artist should also disappear.'
(Medienkunstnetz www.medienkunstnetz.de/works/self-burial/)

October 11-18, 1969: Keith Arnatt's 'Self-Burial', executed earlier in the year in Tintern, England [sic!], is transmitted on German television under the auspices of Gerry Schum. The piece consists of nine photographs showing Arnatt processively sinking into the earth. Each one was shown twice each day for two seconds, cut into the daily television programming, with no introduction or commentary.
(Lucy Lippard, Six Years: The dematerialization of the art object from 1966 to 1972, Berkeley: University of California Press 1997 (1973), p.119)

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