All events

This is a listing of all events connected with the experimentality programme. You can also view the events grouped as workshop or arts events.

Workshop 1: The Experimental Condition: Programme Launch

15 October, 2009 - 16 October, 2009, Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster University
  • What is distinctive about ‘the experimental’ as a way of knowing and acting?
  • To what extent is experimentation a perennial aspect of human culture and being-in-the-world?
  • How and why did the experiment come to play such a key role in the new world-picture ushered in by the scientific revolution?
  • How might a comparison of experimental practice in the arts and the sciences illuminate the possibility of alternative modernities – ones which involve different relationships between truth, power and freedom?
  • To what extent is a kind of continuous experimentality becoming the primary operation of power in the modern world – and how does this affect the possibility of social critique?
  • Can we envisage forms of collective experimentation that might distribute the power to shape the future more justly?

Such questions are amongst those that were explored at the workshop held to open the Experimentality research programme. Over two days, speakers from a range of disciplines debated the changing role of experimentation in human society, using examples drawn from domains including experimental science, modern art, warfare, capitalism and development. 

Mem Morrison: Ringside

15 October, 2009 - 16 October, 2009, Lancaster Town Hall

 Ringside draws on a lifetime of Turkish Cypriot family weddings, and is an intimate attempt to belong to a culture, to a family and to someone. This site-specific performance was performed with a group of 30 local female co-performers, who played the roles of Mem’s potential wives and wedding guests.

Steven Hall and Ellis Sharp at Lancaster Literature Festival

17 October, 2009, The Auditorium, The Storey, Lancaster

As part of the collaboration between the Experimentality programme and Lancaster Literature Festival, two extraordinary writers read from their work and discussed how experimenting with the written world can shape our perception of the world.  

A2 Company: The Future of Death /part 5

23 October, 2009 - 24 October, 2009, Storey Gallery, Lancaster

London based A2 Company, the collaboration between artists Anton Mirto and Alit Kreiz, began research for this sensitive piece working with the terminally ill in palliative care, seeking to discover the changes of heart made on the verge of death, and how this knowledge might be put into practice. Out of this research came an evolving performance installation, The Future of Death, in which local residents gradually bury each other with earth, following a two-week workshop with the company exploring the inter-relationship between living and dying.

Luke Kennard and David Grubb at Lancaster Literature Festival

25 October, 2009, The Auditorium, The Storey, Lancaster

As part of the collaboration between the Experimentality programme and Lancaster Literature Festival, two poets who use language to take their readers on rollercoaster adventures into the surreal and absurd, the unsettling and the existential, read from and discussed their work at this event.

Luke Kennard

Back to (and beyond) the Electric Palace - Psappha conducted by Nicholas Kok

29 October, 2009, Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster

The programme included: Philip Glass’s String Quartet No.3, ‘Mishima’; Anna Clyne’s Fits and Starts and Rapture; and a selection of five, rarely screened American ‘shorts’ with live musical accompaniment.

A Family Double Bill

9 November, 2009, Nuffield Theatre Lancaster

Performers Michael Pinchbeck and Simon Bowes each brought their parents to work for this double-bill of distinctly personal performance, reflecting on family histories and the passing of time.

Michael Pinchbeck: The Post-show Party Show

Workshop 2: Experiment as Event in the Arts and Sciences

19 November, 2009 - 20 November, 2009, Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster University

In this workshop we focused on experimental practice in the arts and sciences. Hans-Jorg Rheinberger has described experimental systems as operating with a logic of ‘differential reproduction’, in that they are systems for organising the interrogation of the world in a way that is always open to the generation of surprise and novelty. In the workshop we explored different ways in which this logic operates in the sciences and in different forms of art. Our aim was to find both contrasts and continuities between their practices - and thus to further illuminate the fundamentally evental characteristic of the experimental.

Nothing Like the Sun - the Gavin Bryars Ensemble

26 November, 2009, The Great Hall, Lancaster University

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The Gavin Bryars Ensemble

Tim Crouch - ENGLAND

27 November, 2009 - 28 November, 2009, Peter Scott Gallery

As part of the collaboration between the Experimentality programme and the Nuffield Theatre, the triple award-winning ENGLAND traveled the trade routes of art and human beings through space and across borders.