Published 18 February 2019
The Sites of Violence research project follows on from the 2017 ‘Anastasia Project’, which aimed to design theatrical ways of communicating academic research on climate adaptation (in particular shock heat events); measure the impact of theatric forms of knowledge translation; and contribute to wider debates about the role of the arts in understanding the ‘impact’ of the modern university.
This research revealed the term ‘translation’ to be somewhat problematic, suggesting that the artist or translator is merely a vessel used to re-communicate academic research in an artistic form, negating the agency of the creator and their own artistic voice. This understanding of the artist’s role threatens to impact the integrity of artistic work and freedom, which in turn undermines its ability to be genuinely stimulating.
The Sites of Violence research project will work at the intersection of two of the most significant sites of violence of our time – against women and the environment. The project explores how scholars across disciplines can work with performance artists to powerfully transmit the realities of violence, so as to build our capacity to stand in the face of the truth of violence and move away from strategies of avoidance and denial.
The project aims to apply and examine the methodology of Theatrical Artist Michelle St Anne (Living Room Theatre), which she terms “Composing Self” a rehearsal technique inspired by many – Cicely Berry, Stanislavski, Butch Morris, John Zorn, Jenny Kemp, Tanya Gerstle and Steve Reich.