Spike Island

Extra CurricularArt and culture reading group


Thursday 15 March 2012, 6–8pm


Free for Spike Associates
Booking advised

Event type

Extra Curricular

This monthly reading group is a platform for discovering and debating current topics in art, cultural theory and experimental fiction. Sessions are hosted by invited guests who have suggested texts that have been influential on their practice or form part of their research.

Artist and writer Tamarin Norwood has chosen for the March Extra Curricular reading group a selection of essays by American academic Richard Schechner. Between Theater and Anthropology, published in 1985, primarily considers live events which fall outside common Western definitions of dramatic performance and theatre. Norwood proposes to use his survey for a discussion around live art and performance making today. 

The session will be specifically structured around Chapter 2: Restoration of Behavior, and Norwood proposes the following questions: Do reconstructions restore past events, create new ones, or restore versions of the past that never happened? Are all performances restorations? Where is the line between performance, rehearsal, workshop and everyday life?

Tamarin Norwood

Tamarin Norwood is an artist and writer. UK commissions include Tate Britain, Art on the Underground and Modern Art Oxford; international exhibitions include MOCCA Toronto, ICA Philadelphia, Beton7 Athens and AC Institute New York. Recent art writing, fiction and poetry includes publications by the ICA, LADA and Bloodaxe; her artist book 'olololo' was published by Modern Art Oxford with Book Works studio.

Tamarin studied linguistics before training as an artist at Central Saint Martins and on the Goldsmiths MFA Art Writing. She is part of the inaugural team of research residents of the Hub at Wellcome Collection, and is completing a practice-led doctorate in Fine Art as a Clarendon Scholar at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford.