Children in Performance (2016 – ongoing)
An ongoing research project between Dr Adele Senior (Leeds Beckett University) and the Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home. Research events included ‘Against Children’ gathering at the Institute in December 2016, and ‘With Children: The Child as a Collaborator and Performer’ at Leeds Beckett University in January 2017. A special issue ‘On Children’ from Performance Research journal is currently in the making.
Performance and the Maternal (2015 – 2017)
An ongoing research project with Dr Emily Underwood-Lee (University of South Wales). Performance and the Maternal research project events included Motherhood and Live Art (The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home, Liverpool, January 2016), The Maternal Meets the Performance’ (Edge Hill University, January 2016), Performance and the Maternal: Intersections and Encounters (University of South Wales, March 2016). Emily and Lena presented their research at the annual Museum of Motherhood conference ‘Theorizing Motherhood in the Academy’ at Manhattan College, New York in May 2016. A number of academic publications are connected to this project and special issue ‘On the Maternal’ from Performance Research Journal is currently being edited.
Artist and academic publication linked to the project:
- Live Art and Motherhood: Study Room Guide on Live Art and the Maternal (commissioned by Live Art Development Agency, London 2016)
- Contemporary Mamactivist Artists: A Forum on Maternal Activist Art for the Studies in the Maternal Special Issue on The Everyday Maternal Practice: Activist Structures in Creative Work, Summer 2016
- Performance and the Maternal, part of Backpages 26.4 Contemporary Theatre Review, 2016
- Interview with Lena Simic from Cultural ReProducers and Temporary Art Review, 2016
The Politics and Aesthetics Reading Group
(2010 – 2012 & 2016 – ongoing)
A monthly space that supports group readings of philosophical/political theory outside academic environments. The group is directed to people interested in exploring the complex relationship between art/aesthetics and politics both in theory and practice
The Free University of Liverpool (2010 – 2013)
A collective of artists and activists devoted to the idea and practice of a free education for anyone who wants or needs it.
Cartographies of Justice (2012)
A creative investigation into citizenship, migration and belonging with an eye on social and ecological justice, Liverpool Hope University, December 2012
The event brought together internationally renowned art activists, writers, poets and performance practitioners Jennifer Verson, Katherina Radeva, Natasha Davis and Sai Murray with Liverpool-based artists and members of the migrant community (Migrant Artists Mutual Aid and Merseyside Refugee and Asylum Seekers Pre and Post Natal Group) as well as students and academics. The event consisted of student performance, invited artist talks, migrant story slam, long table discussion and migrant feast.
As part of the Cartographies of Justice, Migrant Artists Mutual Aid organised a Migrant Story Slam featuring Jennifer Verson, Lorena Rivero de Beer, Mark Loudon, Pa Modou Bojang, Zodwa Nyoni, John Bennett, Brian Desmond, Carmel Cleary, Gergana Ganeva and Gary Anderson. The slam master was Mary Pearson; the organizer was Penny Whitehead.