2009 Department of Performance Studies News Archive

Rex Cramphorn Lecture Monday 2nd March 6.30 pm

Fiona Winning, independent Australian producer and writer (and former director of Performance Space) is giving the 2009 Rex Cramphorn Lecture at the Seymour Centre on Monday at 2nd March 6.30pm

Sydney Ideas is hosting the event and it is free for Sydney Uni students and staff. Others just $20.00.

Fiona Winning
Creativity and Flexibility: The nexus between infrastructure, space and art
introduced by Associate Professor Tim Fitzpatrick.

“Contemporary artists are committed to developing new ideas and practices and presenting their artworks to diverse audiences. Variously reflecting, contesting, interrogating and transforming social and cultural conditions – artists work in contexts of accelerated change. And the infrastructures that support them? Infrastructures that often pre-exist and remain long after the artists and their work have disappeared. How are they adapting to the ever-changing world of new technologies, shrinking investment from public and private investors, increased competition for audience leisure time and higher expectations of participation?”

Rex Cramphorn was one of the leading figures in the renaissance of Australian theatre in the 1960's and '70s. The annual Lecture was established to encourage honest and provocative discourse about Australian theatre and culture.

In the Rex Cramphorn Studio, February 2009 . . .

17th February to 1st March 2009
Living Room Theatre Company rehearsing A Little Room
more information

2th February-16th February 2009
Team MESS rehearsing Killing Don: evolution of a memory
more information

7th February-15th February 2009, Audio Visual Room
Fondue Set rehearsing No Success Like Failure
more information

Call for Papers, Presentations and Performances

Monash University October 1-3, 2009

Performers and artists understand time as an essential dimension of
their media. Many contemporary artists foreground the temporal as a
theme of their work. Movements, rhythms, bodies, sounds, objects,
experiences, memories, dreams, imaginings and dwellings are recorded,
performed and activated in their duration, moment, event and passing.

time . transcendence . performance brings together the expertise and
experiences of scholars and artists in a format that permits the
thinking and doing of time with an aim towards mutual elucidation.
Drawing together papers, panels, diverse performance practices,
exhibitions, installations, screenings and workshops, this
transdisciplinary conference and inter-media event initiates a global
discussion, investigation and critique of temporality in its
performative, phenomenological and transcendental dimensions. The
tangible consequences of this cross-fertilisation offers promise for
researchers, scholars and artists alike.

To begin this gathering and discussion, this conference invites
presenters across discourses, disciplines and media, questioning and
emphasising the taken for granted yet complex and mysterious phenomenon
of time.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers include:

Professor Andrew Benjamin (Monash University)
Professor Alphonso Lingis
Assistant Professor Erin Manning (Concordia University, Montreal)
Professor Brian Massumi (University of Montreal)
Associate Professor Ian Maxwell (The University of Sydney)
Professor Lanei Rodemeyer (Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, US)
Professor Anthony J Steinbock (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale,

Deadline for submissions: Friday 6 March

Expressions of Interest for the Use of the Rex Cramphorn Studio 2009

Expressions of interest are invited from performance practitioners for the use of the Department of Performance Studies’ Rex Cramphorn Studio for the period January to June 2009. Please note, Studio is not available during the month of July.

Please address your completed Expression of Interest to

The deadline for receipt of application is 2pm, Friday 12th December. Applicants will be notified of the success or otherwise of their expressions
of interest by 19th December 2008.

Any queries, call Kirstin on 9036 6507 on Mondays and Fridays.

Download the Rex Application Form here