Returning Ghosts Symposium

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Date: 6th Jun 2016

Performing Arts figures from a range of universities will be taking part in the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Returning Ghosts symposium at Buckinghamshire New University on Tuesday 24 May.Dr Jem Kelly performing his work Phantom of the Aperture.

Returning Ghosts focuses on identifying new ways to recall memories using performance and technology and features performances and presentations from MA Performing Arts Course Leader Dr Jem Kelly of Bucks New University, as well as figures from The University of Sheffield, Kingston University, The University of Nottingham, University of Salford, The University of Roehampton, and Middlesex University.

Dr Kelly, who is also a Senior Lecturer in BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Film, TV and Stage), will be performing Phantoms of the Aperture Part 2: The Hidden Jem.

He said: "The Returning Ghosts symposium aims to interrogate questions around autobiographical performance, proposing new ways in which technology old and new might be used to stage such performance and to represent lived experience.

"The day is looking to find common ground of approach, of process, of usage, that occur when making and staging autobiographical work. We will consider how the impact of social media technologies drives consumer expectation and explore ways in which theatrical performance is keeping abreast of, representing or leading from these issues.

Performing Arts, Jem Kelly, The University of Sheffield, Kingston University, The University of Nottingham, University of Salford, The University of Roehampton, Middlesex University. Theatre and Performance Research Association, TaPRA, autobiographical, performance, technology. "We also ask why autobiographical performance is currently trending and examine theoretical concerns relating to the burgeoning of this field."

The symposium is part of TaPRA's Performance and New Technologies Working Group. It is open to TaPRA's members or £10 for visitors. Email jem.kelly@bucks.ac.uk for information.

Dr Kelly starts the day and is followed by The Space in-between, by Kirsty Surgey of The University of Sheffield; Chasing Shadows by Emily Orley of The University of Roehampton; bloodlines by Alex Mermikedes at Kingston University; Mixing the Mix Tape: Materiality and Affective Memory by Jo Scott of The University of Salford; and Binary Audio by Jocelyn Spence, of the Mixed Reality Laboratory at The University of Nottingham.

Picture captions: Dr Jem Kelly performing Phantoms of the Aperture, which looked at how a photograph can effectively be used in a live performance.

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