Out of Time Symposium, 17th June 2016


Out of Time: Temporal Slippage in Performance and the Visual Arts

Friday 17th June 2016, 9am – 5pm

Graduate School of Arts and Humanities, Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester, M15 6JA


Out of Time is a one-day interdisciplinary conference bringing together PGRs, early career researchers and established academics to explore temporality in the performing and visual arts.

Performance has a unique and dynamic relationship with time, necessarily ephemeral yet endlessly repeating. At first glance it appears to be unavoidably time-bound, dependent on bodies moving in time and space; however, the theatre is also capable of conjuring moments of temporal slippage and resistance.

Whilst performance can be said to represent a state of true presence, impossible to document or freeze in time, other theorisations have focused on the ways in which performance reconstructs, re-embodies and resurrects the past.

The conference will interrogate notions of presence, recognising that the performative present is haunted by traces of the past and hints of the future. We aim to explore the risks and rewards of the temporal play inherent to performance.

Some of the questions that we are hoping to address include:

  • (How) is it possible to archive the live?
  • What are the ethical implications of attempting to give voice to the past in performance?
  • How does memoir negotiate time?
  • What happens when identities are performed outside of chrononormativity?
  • What is the connection between time and capital?
  • How can we play with clock time to make our own (a)temporal schemes of resistance?
  • What does it mean to be ‘of’ time rather than ‘in’ or ‘on’ time?
  • How might performance help us to think about the future?

Out of Time aims to foster a supportive discursive environment that promotes further collaboration and dialogue within the PGR and PGT community, and represents an excellent opportunity for early career researchers to gain valuable experience of presenting and giving feedback.

Speakers on the plenary panel will include Professor Stephen Bottoms and Dr Rachel Clements, specialists in contemporary theatre and performance based at the University of Manchester.

Some of the papers to be presented on the day are:

Marina Abramovic: In Residence – A Test Case for the Application of Henri Lefebvre’s Rhythmanalysis – Kelli Alred (University of Melbourne)

Measuring the Body’s Durational Value in the Work of Santiago Sierra – Edward Bacal (University of Toronto)

No Future: Time and Waterworks from Ibsen to Urinetown – Professor Stephen Bottoms

What’s going on (and on and on)? Long Time, Survival, Endlessness – Dr Saini Manninen (Birkbeck, University of London)

Endurance Tactics: Performing Re-enactments in Moving Image Installations – Kate O’Connor (University of Queensland)

Inexactments: Deconstructing Heritage Discourse – Beth Emily Richards (University of Plymouth)

“Playing with Time Perception in Acousmatic Music”: A Composer’s Perspective – Adriana Ruiz (University of Manchester)

Disrupted Time: Uncertainty and Slowness in the Dark – Yaron Shyldkrot (University of Surrey)

Destroying Time with Time: Cyclical and Linear Time in the Music of Harrison Birtwistle – Sophie Sully (University of Manchester)

Movement and Temporality: Methods for Documenting Lighting Design – Kelli Zezulka (University of Leeds)


Registration is now open; click here to register.

For further information, please contact outoftimeconference@gmail.com


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