Arts events

In the programme, art events, delivered in collaboration with a range of partners, were being used to extend the reach of the programme to a wider, non-academic audience, and to feed into and extend the research programme itself by providing aesthetic modes of inquiry and reflection.

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

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.

Experimentality Photography Exhibition

13 January, 2010 - 6 February, 2010, Peter Scott Galllery

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What happens if ... ? at Storey Gallery

30 January, 2010 - 3 April, 2010, Storey Gallery, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster

What happens if ...?

An exhibition of experimental objects and actions by artists and designers from the UK, Switzerland, Hungary, Israel and the USA: Simon Blackmore, Attila Csörgo, Jerome Harrington, Michael Kontopoulos, Material Beliefs, Ariel Schlesinger, Roman Signer, Thomas Thwaites, Bill Woodrow and Stuart Walker.