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24 SEPTEMBER 2013

Inside Out of Mind: ethnographic research catalyst for theatre project

"Based on extraordinary and extensive ethnographic research, Inside Out of Mind offers moving insight into the mysterious domain of dementia; a world of medical magical realism peopled with puppets and performers in pursuit of a lost man in pursuit of lost love. A darkly comic and empathic tale."

(Meeting Ground Theatre Company)

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Anna Mottram • arts and sciencesdementiadissemination through performanceethnographic researchethnographically informed study • Health Care Assistant (HCA) • healthcare • Holly-Robyn Harrison • hospital treatment • hospital wards • Inside Out of Mind (play) • Jarrod Cooke • Jim Findley • Joanna Macleod • Joanne Lloyd • Justine Schneider • Kezia Scales • Lakeside Arts Centre (Nottingham) • Lily Lowe-Myers • Maurice Roeves • Maxine Finch • medical research • Meeting Ground (theatre company) • NHS • no name • Nottinghamnursepatient carereality as processresearch disseminationresearch project • Sean Myatt • Simon Bailey • Tanya Myers • theatre • theatre company • theatre projectstheatrical performancetheatrical playtrauma • Ulrike Johannson

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Simon Perkins
08 JULY 2013

The Media and Performance Laboratory at Utrecht School of the Arts

"The Media and Performance LAB (MAPLAB) is founded by the Research Centre Theatre Making Processes at the Faculty of Theatre, Utrecht School of the Arts. It is initiated and led by Joris Weijdom, head of the research group Virtual Theatre.

The main goal of the MAPLAB is to provide a space for research into the possibilities of interactive technology in a performative context, and to translate this into didactic strategies.

The modular approach to space, tools and diversity of interdisciplinary making processes the MAPLAB provides outstanding conditions to research, design and develop at the intersection of the performing arts, media and interaction."

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artistic research • augmented stage • creative making • culture and innovation • design research • didactic strategies • engagement and participationinteraction design research • interactive digital media • interactive technology • interdisciplinarity • interdisciplinary making processes • Joris Weijdom • MAPLAB • media and interaction • media and performance • Media and Performance LAB • mixed realitymotion-trackingnew media artperformance art • performance lab • performance research • performative context • practice-based research • professional know-how • reactive spaceresearch centreresearch group • technology and interfaces • theatretheatre arts • theatre making • theatre making process • theatre technology • UtrechtUtrecht School of the Arts • virtual theatre • Virtual Theatre (research group)

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
19 NOVEMBER 2012

Sky Arts Futures Fund: competitive arts funding to make it happen

Applications open on 25th September and close on 19th December 2012.

"Sky Arts also seeks to connect with culture on the ground, supporting and investing in the arts from leading organisations to emerging artists in the UK and Ireland through the Sky Arts Ignition Series. The Futures Fund is part of the Sky Arts Ignition Series and offers five artists each year £30,000 plus mentoring to help you develop your creative practice. ...

Whether you want to direct a piece of theatre, choreograph a new dance piece, write a play, record an album, create a sculpture, a live art performance or produce, Sky Arts will give you the time and money to make it happen.They'll also pair you with a mentor from Sky and the arts to help you develop your networks, skills and knowledge in the arts and the commercial sector.

We invite you to submit an application in one of five categories; Theatre, Writing and Performance; Music; Visual Art; Dance; Creative Producer."

(IdeasTap Ltd. UK)

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2012 • artistic ambitions • artsarts funding • arts investment • arts organisations • arts sector • Benedict Cumberbatch • BSkyBchoreographycommercial sectorcreative networkscreative practice • creative producer • creative talentdance • Darcey Bussell • emerging artists • funding ideas • Futures Fund (Sky) • IdeasTap • knowledge and skills • live art performance • make it happen • mentoring • music funding • Nigel Kennedy • nurture and support • off-screen • on-screen • playwriting • record an album • Republic of Ireland • Sky Arts • Sky Arts Ignition • Sky Arts Ignition Series • the artstheatre • time and money • Tracey EminUKvisual arts • writing and performance

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Simon Perkins
14 APRIL 2012

Practising Theatre History as Research

"Much current scholarship in the field of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, including my own, focuses on the actual performance of plays in their own or later periods, regarding the texts that survive as, in different ways, blueprints for performance, and exploring them in the context of their performance spaces, actors and theatre–practice and of other agencies such as audiences that impact upon those texts in performance. My own research in these areas is largely conducted through practice.

But let me just sketch a brief background. In 1998, a sea–change occurred in the lives of arts (as opposed to humanities) researchers in the UK, with the creation of the Arts & Humanities Research Board (now Council) which, for the first time, funded practice–led research in the creative arts. I cannot stress too heavily the impact this had on the landscape of research in the performing arts.

That's not to say, of course, that research through practice had not been conducted before then. If I take my own department at Bristol as an example, scholars such as Glynne Wickham, Richard Southern and Neville Denny were experimenting from the early 1950s by staging medieval and early modern plays, and using their findings in their published work.

But the arrival of the AHRB not only provided funding for practice–led research in the academy, but in so doing, confirmed it as being as valid and – not to be underestimated – as respectable as research conducted through more traditional or conventional means. And – a point to which I shall return – it opened up debates not only on how such research might most profitably be conducted, but how it might be disseminated in forms other than the books or journal articles that had predominated – and be disseminated, in fact, through the practice/performance itself."

(Martin White)

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1950s1998AHRBAHRCArts and Humanities Research BoardArts and Humanities Research Council • blueprints for performance • Bristolconducting researchcontribution to knowledge • Cornish • Cornish Ordinalia • Cornwallcreative artsdesign researchdesign researcherdissemination through performance • dissemination through practice • early modern period • Elizabethan drama • fourteenth century • funding for practice-led research • Glynne Wickham • history of theatre • Jacobean drama • journal articlesmedieval • medieval mystery plays • model of enquiry • Neville Denny • Ordinalia • Origo Mundi • Passio Christi • passion of Christperformance researchperformance spacesperforming arts • plays • practice as research in performancepractice-led research • practising theatre • publishing and disseminationresearch dissemination • research in the performing arts • research scholarshipresearch through practice • researchers in the UK • Resurrexio Domini • Richard Southern • staging • surviving texts • texts in performance • the academytheatre • theatre audiences • theatre history • theatre practice • theatrical performancetheoretical contextUKvalid scholarship

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
22 JANUARY 2012

HiBROW: a collection of videos for arts enthusiasts

"The British based film–maker Don Boyd, HiBROW's founder, has gathered a wide range of established professionals in the international arts industries, to be called Curators to create content exclusively for HiBROW. Three years of research and development has resulted in the successful production of over 80 hours of professionally produced High Definition video. HiBROW's content will be refreshed every month, and is radically different to current broadcast television and other online content. Available free, it is professionally produced, contemporary and original. With unique access our teams have captured behind–the–scenes rehearsals, work in progress and interviews. HiBROW has relationships with some of the world's great arts institutions and is building new ones with those who want to use our platform to expose larger audiences to their work. These embrace a very broad range of international artistic talent including Vasily Petrenko, Russia's young conductor, Dominic Hill, artistic director of Glasgow's Citizens Theatre, Newton Aduaka, Nigeria's young film director, Raf Bonachela, Spain's great choreographer, Gavin Turk, the British artist, Margaret Attwood, Canada's great novelist, and Britain's great spy author John Le Carré. Their contributions have allowed HiBROW to fashion intimate films of entire performances of new plays, concerts, exhibitions, and literary events all of which have subsequently received glowing critical reviews."

(Don Boyd)

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artart galleriesartistic talent • arts enthusiasts • arts industries • arts institutionsbackstagebehind-the-scenesbroadcast televisioncinemacollection • concert hall • concerts • create content • critical reviews • curatordance • Dominic Hill • Don Boyd • eventsexhibitionsfestivalsfilmmaker • Gavin Turk • HiBROW • Hibrowsers • interviews • John Le Carre • literary events • literature • Margaret Attwood • music • new plays • Newton Aduaka • online contentperformances • previews • productions • Raf Bonachela • rehearsals • the artstheatre • Vasily Petrenko • videoswork in progress

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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