Goldsmiths University of London is hosting a week-long program of talks, shows, salons and films questioning designations of trash called “Trashing Performance“:

Trashing Performance asks what is at stake in calling something or someone ‘trash’, and explores the cultural histories which inform the value of ‘trashy-ness’ in contemporary practice. It explores how some performance artists risk high seriousness by embracing ‘cheap’ aesthetics and popular forms, and considers how underground and avant-garde performers have sometimes made a virtue out of producing work beyond the critical pale.

The events are put on by Performance Matters, a creative research project exploring the challenges that contemporary performance presents to ideas of cultural value.

Event Information:
When: 25 – 30 October 2011
Where: Toynbee Studios, Tate Modern and Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club
Tickets: Shows GBP10/8. Talks GBP15/12. Talks four-day pass GBP50/40.