SAM Seminar: Bodies That Remember: Performance, Power and Community

When:11 Sep 2018, 5pm - 6:30pm
Venue:Io Myers Studio
Who:Alexandra Talamo, Maria White and Mitchell Whitehead
HDR postgrad performance

Postgrad Research in Performance

All welcome! 

Contemporary performance is deeply concerned with power, politics and memory. Long before movements like Change The Date, Australian society has been troubled by the contestation of its difficult history and its sense of community has been structured around what has been remembered and not remembered. This panel offers three perspectives on intergenerational inheritance, historical responsibility and the ability for performance to channel memory through different bodies.

First, Maria White explores the politics of listening in Parragirls Past, Present initiated by ‘Forgotten Australians’; survivors of the Parramatta Girls Home. Second, Alex Talamo offers a performative provocation that considers the visceral effects and gendered experience of postmemory. Third, Mitchell Whitehead contemplates the performance art of SJ Norman and its affective potential in post-Apology Australia.

Taken together, these performances and papers suggest that performative acts of remembering generate an affective force that ruptures comfortable notions of national identity and belonging.

Speakers & Performers 

Maria White is an artist with a background in performance and a PhD candidate researching contemporary performance in post-democratic contexts.

Alex Talamo is a performance artist and PhD Candidate who works with family memory to explore mythologies of nationhood and migration.

Mitchell Whitehead is an artist and practice-based PhD Candidate working at the intersection of performance, race and history.

Bryoni Trezise (Panel Chair) is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies. Her research has examined shifts in the cultural, digital and embodied mediation of historical traumas.

Please stay around for a book launch... 

Rhythm, Play and Interaction Design
by Brigid Costello

As we click, swipe, tap and sway to their beats, the rhythms of our digital interactions intersect with the rhythms of our lives. Drawing on traditions of rhythmic design practice in dance, performance, music and architecture, the book Rhythm, Play and Interaction Design reveals key insights into practical strategies for designing interactive rhythmic experiences.

Join us for a drink to celebrate the launch of this new book. The UNSW Bookshop will be selling it for 25% off RRP. 

6.30pm, after the SAM Seminar
In the foyer of Io Myers Studio   

Find out more

SAM Seminar Series

This series provides a showcase and forum for local as well as international scholars, researchers, industry practitioners and creative artists – ranging from early-career to well-established – to present on their work. No need to book, all welcome.

Coming next:
Week 9 - Tuesday, 18 September
Miss/Reading Beloved: White Feminists’ Violence and Imagining the Future
Mariya Nikolova, Potsdam University & UNSW
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Find out more and see the full program.
Enquiries contact: SAM Seminar Convenor, Michael Richardson –

Finding us

Io Myers Studio is located at the entrance to Gate 2 High St, Kensington. Look for the Creative Practice Lab neon sign in our foyer windows.

There is limited parking in the Gate 2 area around Io Myers Studio but free parking is available from 6:30pm in the car park next to NIDA accessed through Day Ave.

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