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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.

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:

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)

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

:trace dis:placed

trace displaced graphicNational Review of Live Art
Tramway Glasgow

06/02/2008 16:00 - 19:00
07/02/2008 16:00 - 19:00
08/02/2008 16:00 - 19:00
09/02/2008 16:00 - 19:00



A project by the Trace collective (André Stitt, Phil Babot, Lee Hassall, Beth Greenhalgh) and Heike Roms. Guest: Roddy Hunter.

A scale replica of the ‘domestic’ TRACE install-action artspace in Cardiff was built into the Tramway in Glasgow. Over 4 days the artists engaged in an ongoing dialogue with the installation, navigating its physicality and making interventions upon its structure.

The public had full access throughout to experience the ‘live’ activity and the resulting installation/evidence and residual traces. A live archive was created during the daily performances by Heike Roms. The seemingly left-over or discarded matter from performance actions was offered up for contemplation and reflection; a living archive centred on process, events and experiences, ‘traces’ that embody that fragile quality where the object itself is imbued with the performance that created it.


trace displaced installation

Photo: Judit Bodor.

More Information: [National Review of Live Art] [tracegallery]

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"Dealing with the effects of observation in two very different ways on Wednesday were up-and-coming artist Katherine Hymers and established Welsh art installation artists TRACE:. In residence this year, the TRACE: group has installed a plasterboard replica of their Cardiff workspace.

The work, TRACE: Displaced, asks whether the act of documenting performance has an effect on the event. Professor Heike Roms, in red lipstick and stylish black spectacles, represents a dominating force, photographing and questioning her own account of the evidence as she writes her journal. Choosing your own vantage point within the performance becomes a question of mediating the narrative within the unfolding work, and asks us to consider the effect of traces we leave."

[Laura Cameron Lewis, 'The Insider View', The Scotsman,8 February 2008]

"Just such a juxtaposition [between performance and 'real life'] was cited in a critical conceptualisation by Heike Roms as part of TRACE: Displaced, a collective comprising Andre Stitt, Phil Babot, Roddy Hunter, Lee Hassall and Beth Greenhalgh, who together occupied the central large T2 space at Tramway. Roms commented on the development and dissemination of the group's interactions. Themes such as cross-referencing, interaction, the incorporation of the everyday into the performative event incidentally or deliberately shaped Roms' observations, which were displayed on an information table in the space itself. The slightly prescriptive demarcation of the concurrent live acts of TRACE: Displaced, as intellectual property as well as ruminative substance for a lay public, may have been superseded by the useful points Roms made for those new to live art. [...] Roms had isolated a persistently relevant and challenging aspect of live work as a framework for everyday experience, whether described or actual."

[Kirsten Norrie, 'National Review of Live Art'', Art Monthly, March 2008]

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See also:



TRACE: displaced - Critical essays by Marco Pustianaz, Eddie Ladd, Phil Babot and Blair French, edited by André Stitt. Parthian Books 2011.

ISBN: 1906998043

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