Faculty of Arts & Media | Postgraduate Symposium 03/11/2015

Notes On The Day
Here’s a brief commentary on what I took from the day. (Rough notes, nothing special, just quick typing).
Keynote Address: Dr Simon Grennan: Some stuff to think about in Post-graduate Study in Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Design.
Your PhD demonstrates an understanding – it’s about locating my research and finding my field and focus. It’s what I say about it and how it’s great research.
Parody, Parodicparody reveals the truth – are we parodying an office, a lecturer? David said a title to a PhD and it ended up being a parody. Is COUNTER PRODUCT(I’VE) (an) OFFICE a parody – well you heard the question here first folks!
Then Grennan said “Tautological solipsistic” and my mind was blown…
(Tautology and – Solipsism (Listeni/ˈsɒlɨpsɪzəm/; from Latin solus, meaning “alone”, and ipse, meaning “self”)[1] is the philosophical idea that only one’s own mind is sure to exist. As an epistemological position, solipsism holds that knowledge of anything outside one’s own mind is unsure; the external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist outside the mind. As a metaphysical position, solipsism goes further to the conclusion that the world and other minds do not exist.)
He then pulled focus on two phrases and the differences between…
Cross-Disciplinary is when you refer to another field, or export methods from another field.
Inter-Disciplinary is when you adopt methods in or out from other fields
Mrs Kirsty Taylor: Project Officer (Postgraduate Team), Graduate School, University of Chester: Vitae Resources – The Professional Development of Researchers.
Postgrad webpages of Vitae Resources.
Helen Southall: Dance bands in Chester and North Wales, 1930-1970: Revealing a Hidden History
Simply after 10 years – The research finds you and you must have more than an enthusiasm for it.
enCompass Collective – Josh Slater & Ellie Russell: Dance Theatre: Why Disseminate?
Filming a rehearsal for evaluations or to check over what they have done. Providing feedback as well for Q&A. Remembering moves as well as archiving – new project, well they always look back to what they finalised and to old rehearsals. Reflection to revisit. I am inspired to document more – my memory is diabolical, I cannot remember anything and therefore I hold no knowledge on anything either. There are many aspects to take from this paper, but one key factor is to record and document more than the little I do.
Jessica Blease: Devising Theatre: Processes and Practice.
She took a theme from a performance, and made it the second performance, then took a theme from that and made a third performance. What a lovely journey.
Anthony Richardson: Dramatic Anthropology and the quest for social change in performance: From documenting Rio de Janeiro’s favelas to verbatim theatre representing a historical event in Simi Valley California.
Experience, feeling and inspirations – Dramatic Anthropology
The Revd. Robert Clack: The Music of Time
He was talking about time in music and ironically ran over time.
Matthew Harrison-Lord & Kyle Hill: COUNTER PRODUCT(I’VE) (an) OFFICE: A reflection on setting up a space (an office) with no boundaries.
See previous blog post for my Abstract.
Ben Stafford: Taking Influence from American Pie…
Devising his own song and taking the rhyming couplets from the song American Pie an then writing his own 8 minute song Carousel about it – like Mika in style, but I’m not sure if that’s because of my musical ignorance that I draw the comparison.
Kerry Collier: Of the Body, Time and Mind in Performance
Her reflection of the resting mind not just the body. She showed this with automatic writing and not thinking. Not nothing but not moving and past the body and space and mind and developing Deep Silence.
Roundtable Discussions
James Layton says for his PhD he wrote a lot early and would recommend that as it gets some down and it can be edited and reflected along the way. Go to conferences and deliver at them. He writes Cross disciplinary.
By doubting your work you can reflect but don’t doubt that you cannot do the work. Doubt the work not you.
TIME was an organic theme throughout the symposium.
Trust and enjoy the journey of self – openness and learning.
Take responsibility.
Let go of guilt. So what you spent the morning drawing, spend a good afternoon.