Crossovers: A Performance Matters DVD series

Lead Research Organisation: Roehampton University
Department Name: Drama, Theatre and Performance

Abstract

Crossovers will develop a series of DVD publications to amplify the dissemination and impact of cutting-edge film-works arising from the Performance Matters research activities. These eight films - including creative documentaries, an artist's feature film and specially recorded in-conversations with leading intellectuals - address marginal and untold histories of performance in inventive ways, and raise issues around the place of performance in new directions of contemporary thought.

The project will result in the professional post-production and distribution of these highly original and diverse works, making them available in screening formats and as purchasable DVDs. Alongside this, screenings to targeted media-industry professionals will be organised and contextualizing launch activities with major cultural sector partners will be mounted for diverse audiences.

The commercial dissemination, screening and contextualizing events will combine one-way and interactive engagements that will facilitate knowledge exchange. Contextualising events will significantly broaden the audience and critical reception of the research concerns of Performance Matters beyond its existing substantive academic and artistic audiences, especially to popular art, media and film festival audiences.

Through carefully considered interactive engagement, and follow-up events, Crossovers will also develop new and sustainable relationships between media-industry and other public-sector professionals and the individuals and institutions associated with the project. Building on the way that Performance Matters developed the research engagement of public sector partner the Live Art Development Agency, Crossovers will not only foster development of the Agency's publishing arm, but will also lead to sustained forms of knowledge exchange between performance scholars/organisers and film festival directors, video distributors and commissioning TV editors.

In this way, Crossovers is designed to build sustainable professional relationships around performance studies media-products that will have lasting effects beyond the period of the award.

Planned Impact

The non-academic beneficiaries of this project fall into three distinct categories: the cultural sector partner and its organisational collaborators; specific invited media professionals and other cultural sector workers; and numerous audience members for the film works (and contextualising events) with interests in contemporary art, film, performance, club, sub-cultures and popular thought.

The impacts achieved in the last three years of Performance Matters (evidenced in an Impact Case Study for both institutions in the coming REF) focused on the generation of new ways of thinking, the forging of new forms of creative expression, and the impact on participating cultural organisations in terms of their cultural practice and expansion of their user constituencies. Considerable change has been initiated for the main cultural sector partner and charity LADA (as evidenced in their supporting letter). The major programme of research work over the last three years has substantially developed LADA's educational, training and creative research profile, has generated new aspects of its archival and commercial publishing activities and expanded its user community in terms of its reach and diversity. This Follow-on Funding project will help to move the agency's work into active collaborations with committed new media and visual arts organisations; will help transform the nature of its publishing activities towards accessible moving image production and distribution; will create greater interaction with journalists and broadcast media, and through these means will considerably extend its user community in terms of scale and genres of interest. This will be achieved within the one-year period of the award. Further impact is envisaged beyond this point, however, as LADA will continue to build on the media relations and publications programme initiated by follow-on funding, adding new titles and expanding its users still further in subsequent years.

Specific influential media professionals and other cultural sector workers are targeted by the screening and knowledge exchange strategy in this project, which will create further pathways to impact in a range of film festivals and programmes, galleries, critical reviews and other cultural events. Crossovers will enhance and shape an interest in performance and its discourses in the public sphere, both through debate at the screening events, and in negotiating, where possible, further dissemination of Crossover titles through broadcast, exhibition and sale. We will gather evidence of impact both from professional attendees at our screening events (through audience surveys), and through keeping a log of all reviews and programmes that take on Crossovers films.

The audience for these accessible DVD works (and their contextualising events) spans diverse constituencies of interest across the arts and popular thought, and will shift these constituencies' understandings of the status, cultural and critical potentials of performance. Wide, popular, interdisciplinary dissemination of this kind strengthens audience attendance across the sector and deepens and enhances the quality of engagement with performance-related cultures and thinking.

As an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation LADA has considerable expertise in monitoring audience numbers and engagement through quantitative and qualitative means. Quantitative indicators the partners will use will include DVD sales, audience attendance figures, audience surveys demographics alongside self-nominated mailing list database figures. Qualitative indicators will include audience and participant surveys and testimonies from key contributing artists and organisations. The partners will monitor and report back on the initial impact through these means, feeding this analysis into their monthly managerial evaluations. As impact is ongoing it will be consistently monitored by LADA in these ways beyond the term of the award.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Title No Such Thing As Rest: A Walk with Brian Massumi 
Description Setting thoughts and conversation in constant motion the British performance and art theorist Adrian Heathfield encounters the renowned philosopher and cultural theorist Brian Massumi while walking the streets of Montreal. In this relaxed but intensive exchange Massumi discusses issues that have recurred across his writing: the nature of events, their sensuous and affective forces, immaterial art practices and their critical potential under capitalism, belief and hope and their relation to political agency. Taking in the scene as it goes by, the film constantly counterpoints these ideas with a micro-attention to the environment and the minor events the two figures are moving through. Charged ideas are quietly elaborated against a vibrant, restless backdrop of everyday life. Brian Massumi is the author of major works in contemporary philosophy including Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation and Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts. He is also the translator of significant works of French philosophy including Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus, Jean-François Lyotard's The Postmodern Condition, and Jacques Attali's Noise. Hugo Glendinning is an internationally renowned photographer whose work spans collaborations with visual artists on photographic and video works, theatre, dance and performance documentation, and portraits of prominent figures. Directed and Edited by Hugo Glendinning and Adrian Heathfield Director of Photography: Hugo Glendinning Duration: 73 minutes 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Whitechapel Gallery Screening 31/10/13. Attendance: 58. 
URL http://www.thisisperformancematters.co.uk/news.post193.html
 
Title Party for Freedom 
Description Somewhere between a travelling cinema and theatre troupe, a kiss-a-gram and a takeaway delivery service, London-based artist Oreet Ashery's Party for Freedom was an itinerant work combining live performance with moving-image and an original album soundtrack. An invitation for self-organised gatherings to host and experience the work - anywhere from a sitting room and work place to public spaces and venues - it also appeared at venues across London including Millbank Media Centre at Millbank Tower and OrganicLea, a workers cooperative on the edge of the Lea Valley. Party for Freedom was loosely based on Vladimir Mayakovsky's 1921 play Mystery-Bouffe, telling the story of the Clean and the Unclean. It explored performances of liberation and political nakedness; and responded to the changing landscape of Dutch politics following the assassinations of controversial Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn in 2001 and film director Theo van Gogh in 2004, and the ensuing popularity of Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician and leader of the far-right Partij voor de Vrijheid [Party for Freedom]. Including newly commissioned punk, experimental and contemporary classical music by Finnish composer Timo-Juhani Kyllönen, all-girl post-punk band Woolf, and London-based musician Morgan Quaintance, the Party for Freedom moving-image work featured an irreverent array of characters and scenarios, developed through workshops and filmed in the lush setting of a 13th-century church in the English countryside. Questioning the currencies of perceived Western freedom, the work drew on trash aesthetics, leftist sentiments grounded in the 1960s and 1970s avant-garde, the hippy movement and far-right populist claims positing Islam and immigration as a threat. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact An exhibition of Party for Freedom was shown at Overgaden, Copenhagen, from 7 September - 27 October 2013 and at Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, from 4-27 October 2013. Screenings at Hippolyte were accompanied by live music from an eight-piece ensemble on 3, 4 and 5 October. Attendance at Party for Freedom events: Millbank opening 370; Copenhagen installation opening 300; Copenhagen exhibition opening 700; Hippolyte Photographic Gallery Helsinki 400; 25 locations across London audience estimate 1,250. 
URL http://www.artangel.org.uk/projects/2013/party_for_freedom/about_the_project/about_the_project
 
Title Technologies of Spirit: A Conversation with Bernard Stiegler 
Description Technologies of Spirit A Conversation with Bernard Stiegler In this dynamic exchange shot at the philosopher's residence in the heart of the French countryside, Stiegler re-evaluates his work on the logics and consequences of capitalism; its affects on individual and social well-being and transformative potential. Turning to questions of the status of art in relation to other forms of labour, Stiegler outlines a new vision of cultural industries based on economies of contribution and on technologies oriented towards care. In the face of a 'war on sensibility' Stiegler makes an impassioned call for the revivification of spirit. Bernard Stiegler is the author of numerous works of philosophy including his three volume series Technics and Time (Stanford), For a New Critique of Political Economy (2010), Uncontrollable Societies and Disaffected Individuals (2013) and What Makes Life Worth Living (2013). He was the Director of the Department of Cultural Development at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris and is one of the founders of the political group Ars Industrialis. Hugo Glendinning is an internationally renowned photographer whose work spans collaborations with visual artists on photographic and video works, theatre, dance and performance documentation, and portraits of prominent figures. Directed and Edited by Hugo Glendinning and Adrian Heathfield Duration: 82 minutes 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Rich Mix Cinema Screening (Dialogues:, Art, Performance Film) 30/1/14. Attendance: 97. 
URL http://www.thisisperformancematters.co.uk/news.post197.html
 
Title This Is Not a Dream 
Description A feature-length documentary, directed by Gavin Butt and Ben Walters, edited by Tom Frederic with music by Morgan Quaintance. Through the moving, funny, provocative and inspirational stories of 12 unique figures, This Is Not a Dream charts a path across four decades of avant-garde experiment and radical escapism. It traces the influences of Andy Warhol, John Waters and Jack Smith to the perverted frontiers of YouTube and Chatroulette, taking in subverted talk shows and soap operas, streetwalker fashions and glittery magic penises along the way. The film is based on exclusive interviews shot in London, New York and Berlin with Dickie Beau, Dara Birnbaum, Nao Bustamante, Vaginal Davis, Cole Escola, Vincent Fremont, Alp Haydar, Holestar, David Hoyle, Kalup Linzy, Glenn O'Brien, and Scottee. The video revolution of the 1970s offered unprecedented access to the moving image for artists and performers. New worlds began to unfold: you could talk back to the mainstream by hijacking its images and upending its values; you could reach out, through the camera, to fellow freaks; and you could create dreamscapes to explore other ways of being. This Is Not a Dream charts the lineage of this revolution and its continued impact on contemporary art and performance. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact A series of public screenings sometimes accompanied by performances and discussions. 2012/13: Suvilahti Performance Centre in Helsinki , 22 May. Attendance: 50. Outfest, Los Angeles, 19 July. Attendance: 135. Dirty Looks Festival, The Kitchen, NYC, 21 July. Attendance: 200. Gaze film Festival, Dublin, 6 August. Attendance: 48. Warehouse9, Copenhagen on 20 October. Attendance: 50. 2013/14: TINAD, Goldsmiths conference 8 October. Attendance: 40. TINAD, Hackney Attic, 28 November. Attendance: 65. TINAD, Hackney Attic, 29 November. Attendance: 110. 2014/15: Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Attendance: 50. Hallwalls, Buffalo. Attendance: 70. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Attendance: 90. Cyprus, LGBT Pride. Attendance: 40. SPILL Festival. Attendance: 30. 
URL http://www.thisisperformancematters.co.uk/this-is-not-a-dream---gavin-butt-and-ben-walters.html
 
Title This is Performance Art: Parts One and Two 
Description The first two episodes of Mel Brimfield's multi-part fictional television documentary series mark the fragmentary and unreliable nature of performance art's historical record. Low-end showbiz memoirs, sensationalist biographical documentaries and cheap-to-make TV clip programmes compiling lists of 'The 100 Top/Best/Greatest...' are referenced alongside the faulty mechanics of museological, archival and curatorial approaches to assimilating live art. The result is a comedic performative critique of performance art historiographies. Mel Brimfield is an artist working in film and performance. Between 2006-2008, she was Associate Producer at the Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, and also founded Brown Mountain College of the Performing Arts with Sally O'Reilly and Ben Roberts. Brimfield is a Cocheme fellow at Byam Shaw (Central St Martins), and is represented by Ceri Hand Gallery. This is Performance Art: Part One was commissioned by Camden Arts Centre and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Courtesy of the artist and Ceri Hand Gallery. Script originally performed at Henry Moore Institute Sculpture and Performance conference, Tate Liverpool, 2010. This is Performance Art: Part Two was commissioned by Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts and Performance Matters. Courtesy of the artist and Ceri Hand Gallery. DVD, 34 mins; 29 mins Performance Matters, 2013 ISBN 978-0-9570149-6-1 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Double-bill screening at Camden Arts Centre, 22 January 2014. Attendance: 55. 
URL http://www.thisisperformancematters.co.uk/this-is-performance-art,-part-2---mel-brimfield.html
 
Title Transfigured Night: A Conversation with Alphonso Lingis 
Description Transfigured Night is the record of an exchange between the celebrated American philosopher Alphonso Lingis and the British art theorist and curator Adrian Heathfield. Drawn to conversation by reading Lingis' numerous books, Heathfield pays a visit to the philosopher's house near Baltimore where he discovers revealing dimensions of his ways of being and thinking. The film assembles a rich patchwork of fragments taken from their dialogue over a period of two days. Lingis makes dynamic forays into thoughts that have preoccupied him in over forty years as a writer and traveller, drawing on his influences in phenomenology and ethics, and his extensive encounters with many places and cultures. The discussion moves from questions of the face and the gaze of others, the sensual experiences of weight and being touched, through considerations of performance, sculpture and dance, to meditations on mortality and suffering. Alphonso Lingis is one of the most original voices in Contemporary American philosophy. He is the author of fourteen major works over the last forty years, including The Community of Those Who Have Nothing in Common, The Imperative, Dangerous Emotions, Trust, and Violence and Splendor. He is also the preeminent English translator of the works of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Emmanuel Levinas. He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Penn State University. Hugo Glendinning is an internationally renowned photographer whose work spans collaborations with visual artists on photographic and video works, theatre, dance and performance documentation, and portraits of prominent figures. Directed and Edited by Hugo Glendinning and Adrian Heathfield Director of Photography: Hugo Glendinning Written by Adrian Heathfield Duration: 61 minutes 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Whitechapel Gallery Screening 13/6/13. Attendance: 34. Rich Mix Cinema Screening (Dialogues:, Art, Performance Film) 30/1/14. Attendance: 97. Transfigured Night was subsequently translated and subtitled in Spanish and screened by Mapa Teatro at the Experimenta Sur festival Bogota, Columbia 4/6/14. Attendance: 80. Screening at Camden Public Library, Maine, USA, by Camden Philosophical Society on 26 July 2016. 
URL http://www.thisisperformancematters.co.uk/news.post193.html
 
Title Writing Not Yet Thought: Hélène Cixous with Adrian Heathfield 
Description In this exchange the acclaimed and prolific author Hélène Cixous discusses the practice of writing - considering fiction, theatre, the essay and poetry - alongside its relation to painting, music and philosophy. As the dialogue with Adrian Heathfield evolves, writing emerges as a site and instrument for encounters with other voices and otherness, mortality and mystery, the infinite and the 'not yet thought'. Recorded in Cixous' home in Paris, the conversation is punctuated by various interruptions and affinities (animal and familial) that are taken into the movement of her thought. Cixous' discourse flies between subjects as diverse as the song of the poetic, the temporality of invention, the re-thinking of the tragic, and the word becoming flesh and air in theatre. Hélène Cixous is an eminent French thinker, writer, educator and theatre maker. Her experiments in writing, including the development of 'l'écriture feminine' for which she is renowned, have had a wide-ranging influence on the fields of feminism, cultural theory, philosophy, literary criticism and theatre practice. She is Professor Emerita of Literature and Women's Studies at the Université Paris 8 and Andrew D. White Professor at Large at Cornell University, New York. Hugo Glendinning is an internationally renowned photographer whose work spans collaborations with visual artists on photographic and video works, theatre, dance and performance documentation, and portraits of prominent figures. Direction, Camera and Editing: Hugo Glendinning Duration: 57 Minutes 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Screening of this work took place in 2010 as part of the Performance Matters Performing Idea events. Online screening of this work took place from 26 January - 7 February 2017, on the LADA Screens Vimeo channel (691 plays). LADA Screens hosts online screenings of seminal performance documentation, works to camera, short films and archival footage. 
URL http://www.thisisperformancematters.co.uk/news.post193.html
 
Description The project produced, screened, distributed through DVD, and critically contextualized seven artistic and documentary film works evolved from the previous three years of Performance Matters research. These films looked at the multiple histories of performance art as it engages with mainstream TV, appears on the internet, in subculture, in stand-up comedy and in avant-garde art. Other documentary films explored ideas of performance in contemporary thought, through conversations with internationally renowned thinkers working at the forefront of their disciplines. Screening, contextualizing events and liaison work with broadcast and media professionals sought to embed and extend the avenues of dissemination, cultural influence and audiences for these works and their associated ideas. The project explored and demonstrated the increasing cultural force of performance in culture and in critical thought, making distinctive contributions to documentary practice, artist's film and video and the essay-film. It involved contributors and performance audiences that hitherto have been remote from academia, thereby expanding the stakeholders of contemporary performance research beyond the Higher Education sector.
Exploitation Route The research outputs of this project are of interest and use to artists, curators, critics and general audiences wishing to find extended reflection upon the history, forms and ideas associated with performance and live art. They present accessible filmic approaches to a range of artists, art works and thinkers with an important impact on contemporary cultural production. The outputs will be of particular interest to media and broadcast professionals who are seeking to provide exposure to this cutting-edge creative and critical work for a broad public.
Sectors Creative Economy,Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.thisisperformancematters.co.uk
 
Description The research generated new ways of thinking and forged new forms of expression in creative and critical documentary filmic practice. The non-academic beneficiaries of this project fell into three distinct categories: the cultural sector partner and its organisational collaborators; specific invited media professionals and other cultural sector workers; and numerous audience members for the film works (and contextualising events) with interests in contemporary art, film, performance, club, sub-cultures and popular thought. For the Live Art Development Agency, our cultural sector partner, there was an extension and diversification of its discursive and educational programming, an increase in its publishing outputs, as well as an expansion of its user constituencies in terms of reach and diversity. The work created active collaborations with new media and visual arts organisations; helped transform LADA's publishing activities towards accessible moving image production and distribution; created greater interaction with broadcast media professionals; and extended the organisation's user community in terms of scale and genres of interest. Media professionals and curators were involved in discussion of this project's processes and outcomes creating further pathways to impact in a range of film festivals and programmes, galleries, critical reviews and other cultural events. Crossovers enhanced and shaped an interest in performance and its discourses in the public sphere, through debate at the screening events, and through the negotiation of further dissemination of Crossover titles through screenings, exhibition and DVD sales. These filmic works impacted beyond the national context with many international screenings of the works and in one instance translation and subtitling into another language. The wide audiences for these works strengthened, deepened and enhanced high quality engagement with performance-related cultures and thinking.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Creative Economy,Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description Crossovers: A Performance Matters DVD Series 
Organisation Live Art Development Agency
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Co-directors of a creative research project on the cultural value of performance, co-curating and co-organising screenings and events based in numerous cultural sector venues nationally and internationally.
Collaborator Contribution Co-directors of a creative research project on the cultural value of performance, co-curating and co-organising screenings and events based in numerous cultural sector venues nationally and internationally.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary including film, performance and music. Engagement Activities: Technologies of Spirit - Theatrical Presentations Writing Not Yet Thought - Theatrical Presentations Dialogues: Art, Performance, Film DVD Launch: Mel Brimfield - This is Performance Art: Parts One and Two Crossovers - DVD series launch This is Not a Dream - Theatrical Presentations No Such Thing as Rest - Theatrical Presentations Party for Freedom - Public Events Transfigured Night - Theatrical Presentations Artistic & Creative Products: This is Not a Dream This is Performance Art: Parts One and Two Party for Freedom Writing Not Yet Thought: Hélène Cixous with Adrian Heathfield No Such Thing as Rest: A Walk with Brian Massumi Transfigured Night: A Conversation with Alphonso Lingis Technologies of Spirit: A Conversation with Bernard Stiegler Awards & Recognition: ERC Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship 2014-16
Start Year 2009
 
Description Crossovers - DVD series launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Crossovers - DVD series launch at the Hackney Attic, London
Thursday 23 January, 7.30pm

A special event to launch all the DVDs in the Crossovers series. The evening included discussions with Adrian Heathfield, Gavin Butt, Mel Brimfield, Oreet Ashery and Ben Walters, and a creative response to the series from Jennifer Doyle, Professor of English at University of California, Riverside and Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Chelsea College of Art. Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards.

The event was attended by 72 people from diverse backgrounds, locations and professional contexts.
Impact on DVD distribution and sales.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.thisisperformancematters.co.uk/news.post189.html
 
Description DVD Launch: Mel Brimfield - This is Performance Art: Parts One and Two 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The first screening of Mel Brimfield's fictional television documentary series, marking the fragmentary and unreliable nature of performance art's historical record. Screenings were followed by discussion.

The event was attended by 55 people from diverse backgrounds, locations and professional contexts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.camdenartscentre.org/whats-on/view/eve-kc-02
 
Description Dialogues: Art, Performance, Film 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dialogues: Art, Performance, Film
Screening and Symposium
Rich Mix, Screen 2
Thursday 30 January 2014

This day-long symposium and screening event included the showing of two films from art writer Adrian Heathfield and photographer Hugo Glendinning's Performance Dialogues series: Transfigured Night and Technologies of Spirit. Speakers were drawn from film-making practice, fiction, photography, theatre and visual arts theory: Deborah Levy, Alan Read, Irit Rogoff, Mike Dibb, Gareth Evans, Hugo Glendinning and Adrian Heathfield. The event involved extensive public conversations.

The event was attended by 97 people from diverse backgrounds, locations and professional contexts.
Contemporary Theatre Review subsequently published a piece on the event including an edited sound recording of part of the conversation:
http://www.contemporarytheatrereview.org/2014/performance-matters-crossovers/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/dialogues-art-performance-film/
 
Description No Such Thing as Rest - Theatrical Presentations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Cinema and gallery screenings of the film No Such Thing as Rest: A Walk with Brian Massumi. The first screening event at Whitechapel Gallery included a public discussion of the film by Adrian Heathfield and Hugo Glendinning, chaired by Gareth Evans. Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards.

The event was attended by 58 people from diverse backgrounds, locations and professional contexts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/shop/product/category_id/1/product_id/1803?session_id=1415629196bb...
 
Description Party For Freedom - Public Events 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Somewhere between a travelling cinema and theatre troup and a takeaway delivery service Party for Freedom was an itinerant work combining live performance with moving-image and an original album soundtrack. An invitation for self-organised gatherings to host and experience the work - anywhere from a sitting room and work place to public spaces and venues - received extensive response. The film-event also appeared at venues across London including Millbank Media Centre at Millbank Tower and OrganicLea, a workers cooperative on the edge of the Lea Valley. An exhibition of Party for Freedom was shown at Overgaden, Copenhagen, from 7 September - 27 October 2013 and at Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, from 4-27 October 2013. Screenings at Hippolyte were accompanied by live music from an eight-piece ensemble on 3, 4 and 5 October. Many events included extensive audience discussion.

Attendance at Party for Freedom events: Millbank opening 370; Copenhagen installation opening 300; Copenhagen exhibition opening 700; Hippolyte Photographic Gallery Helsinki 400; 25 locations across London audience estimate 1,250.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.artangel.org.uk/projects/2013/party_for_freedom/about_the_project/about_the_project
 
Description Technologies of Spirit - Theatrical Presentations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Technologies of Spirit was screened as Kaaitheater, Brussels, as part of the Pharmakon Conference in November 2014.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description This Is Not a Dream - Theatrical Presentations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Theatrical presentations of documentary film This Is Not a Dream, in some cases with accompanying live performances by performer Dickie Beau with many events including audience conversation. These took place in public non-HEI institutions - in galleries and cinemas - in London, Helsinki, Dublin, Copenhagen, Buffalo, New York, and Los Angeles. 2012/13: Suvilahti Performance Centre in Helsinki, 22 May; Outfest, Los Angeles, 19 July; Dirty Looks Festival, The Kitchen, NYC, 21 July; Gaze film Festival, Dublin, 6 August; Warehouse9, Copenhagen, 20 October. 2013/14: TINAD, Goldsmiths Conference, 8 October; TINAD, Hackney Attic, 28-29 November. 2014/15: Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York; Hallwalls, Buffalo; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Cyprus, LGBT Pride; SPILL Festival, London.


Attendance at these events to date totals 978 people.
Reviews and Previews:
http://www.thisiscabaret.com/film-review-dream/
http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/dvdblu-ray/this-is-not-a-dream-dvd-review/27674
http://www.cineoutsider.com/news/stories/13/12/131220.html
http://us.topnewstoday.org/us/article/11
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014
URL http://www.thisisperformancematters.co.uk/this-is-not-a-dream---gavin-butt-and-ben-walters.html
 
Description Transfigured Night - Theatrical Presentations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Cinema and gallery screenings of the film Transfigured Night: a conversation with Alphonso Lingis. The first screening at Whitechapel Gallery included an accompanying public discussion of the film with Adrian Heathfield and Hugo Glendinning, chaired by Gareth Evans. A further screening at Rich Mix Cinema London took place in the context of the Dialogues: Art, Performance and Film symposium. In June 2014 the film was screened with surtitles at Experimenta Sur, Mapa Teatro, Bogota, Colombia. In 2015 there were screenings at Stockholm University of the Arts and at Barn Cinema, Dartington (part of the Associated for Medical Humanities annual conference). On each occasion the events included extensive questions and discussion. There was an additional screening in 2016 by Camden Philosophical Society at Camden Public Library, Maine, USA.

The Whitechapel Gallery event was attended by 34 people and the Rich Mix event by 97 people from diverse backgrounds, locations and professional contexts.
Transfigured Night was subsequently translated and subtitled in Spanish and screened by Mapa Teatro at the Experimenta Sur festival Bogota, Columbia 4/6/14. The event was attended by 80 people drawn from artistic communities all over South America as part of the Experimenta Sur initiative.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015,2016
URL http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/dialogues-art-performance-film/
 
Description Writing Not Yet Thought - Theatrical Presentations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Writing Not Yet Thought was screened at Golden Age Cinema and Bar, presented by the 20th Biennale of Sydney, in September 2015. Online screening of this work took place from 26 January - 7 February 2017, on the LADA Screens Vimeo channel (691 plays).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2017
URL http://ourgoldenage.com.au/film/writing-not-yet-thought/