Transformance is a radical new methodology in how live performance can be experienced, transformed and translated, employing a range of disciplines in an act of imaginative exchange between artist, witness/documenter, and a wider audience. This project aims to foster dynamic collaboration between diverse practices and to engage artists, spectators and researchers with the scope and innovation of performance documentation.
The project is based around a passion and interest in exploring what remains (and does not remain) of a performance, and in questioning the seeming contradictions between the ephemeral and the fixed. Through this project, the collective examines modes of subverting conventional expectations of performance documentation.
The collective will work with selected Tempting Failure artists prior to the festival in daylong processes of dialogue, performance, documentation and responses from multiple perspectives to the participating artists’ practice. DARC’s response to these practices will culminate into a live multifaceted installation.
(Tara Fatehi Irani, Ernst Fischer, Holly Revell, Manuel Vason, Jemima Yong)
Documentation Action Research Collective (DARC) is an interdisciplinary collective of international artists formed in 2015. The collective is exploring and interrogating the notion of documentation and the archive. DARC believe that the documentation of artists’ work is not just an act of preservation but a creative act in itself. Their work is a process of collaboration, a dialogue, a responsibility and an art form of its own. Their projects include Transformance: experiments on collective performance documentation and Sully Nights: a monthly artist gathering and conversation.
This exhibition is FREE
DARC will also be performing a live installation from 1-4pm on Tuesday 17 July.