This is Performance Art: Performed Sculpture and Dance - Camden Art Centre

Mel Brimfield’s residency was a historical reappraisal of performance art in the 20th Century

Through a series of discussions, documentary research, re-enactments and live performances she undertakes an examination of what can be said to constitute the ontology of ‘live art’ within current discourse. This research forms the basis for a documentary film, the first in a series, charting a new narrative through the fragmented and often unreliable documentary record of this elusive art form.

Brimfield’s complex practice takes a skewed and tangled romp through the already vexed historiography of performance art, simultaneously revealing and inventing a rich history of collaboration between artists, dancers, theatre makers, political activists and comedians.

Meticulously drawn and painted posters and programmes for fictional interdisciplinary cabarets, together with costumes and props, are produced alongside documentary-style films and live works that playfully associate performance art with most significant cultural developments of the last 100 years.

The final film was screened in the Artists’ Studio at Camden Arts Centre at the culmination of the residency. The next phase of This is Performance Art was shown at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2011.

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The Play List: Mel Brimfield

Wednesday 25 September, 7.00 – 10.00pm
For the duration of the Jockum Nordström and Emma Hart exhibitions, the Café opened until 10.00pm on Wednesdays. We invited artists who have worked with us before to select music to be listened to over food, drinks and relaxing in the garden. Sometimes live, always interesting, the Play List is the best jukebox there is.

Full list of Play List artists:
25 July: Jockum Nordström
31 July: Alexandre da Cunha
7 August: Tai Shani
14 August: Michael Raedecker
21 August: Toby Ziegler
28 August: Steve Claydon
4 September: Emma Hart
11 September: Serena Korda
18 September: Keith Harrison
25 September: Mel Brimfield

Haroon Mirza's live set at Café Curio, 2013. Photo: Laura Crouchley
Haroon Mirza's live set at Café Curio, 2013. Photo: Laura Crouchley