Eleanor Rycroft curated the 2016 TaPRA Gallery in collaboration with Paul Clarke, along with two panels of talks in the gallery by contributors. The practice-as-research submitted in response to the call was consistently strong and a wide-ranging programme was put together, in which the work of postgraduates and emerging researchers was shown alongside that of experienced scholars and professional practitioners. Contributors were invited to engage with the intimate relationship between theory and practice and different practice-as-research methodologies were revealed through the examples of work displayed. Whilst the forms included were diverse and often interdisciplinary, certain themes emerged: for instance, the politics of women walking, site-specificity, and the conjunction of historical texts or repertoire with contemporary practices. Contributors chose to re-stage their processes and evidence their works through video, photographs, scripts, scores and artefacts. In doing so, they addressed the challenges of translating performance enquiries – especially embodied, interactive and participatory practices – into documentation. Our intention was that there would be resonances and conversations for visitors between the works curated, and between their documents. During the TaPRA Open Panels, some of the practitioner-researchers also gave short 15-minute talks introducing and contextualizing their contributions. The gallery was open from 10am – 7pm on Tuesday 6th and 9am – 5pm on Wednesday 7th September.
|Published - 5 Sept 2016