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Miss Cara Davies

Miss Cara Davies

Miss Cara Davies

Theatre and Performance (PhD)

Area of research

Activating Archives: a creative and curatorial approach to disseminating archiving strategies in the development of a live art and contemporary performance practice.

Research summary

A performance archive is a rich treasure trove of documents that archival science renders as a reflective tool to examine the representation of performance history and artistic identity. However, traditional hermeneutic approaches to research and Rationalist methods of constructing history are increasingly subverted. Many scholars now embrace the archive’s potential for catalysing the creation of new artworks, and thus, new interpretations of history and identity. Academic discourse in the field of performance has focused extensively on the ontological challenge that this concept, and use, of archives poses to the status of the ‘live’ event. In contrast my thesis seeks to ...

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Cara Davies is a performance artist, researcher and hobbyist archivist working with the mediums of dance, video, live art, multi-media installation, online broadcasting and social engaged itinerant performance. 

Interweaving a professional praxis with a focus on practice-led research Cara completed her undergraduate studies in Dance and Performing Arts at Chichester University (2008) before moving on to do a Masters at Dartington College of Arts in Contemporary Arts Practice Dissemination (2010). Here she explored questions of artistic processes, production and dissemination in specific relation to the documentation and archiving of contemporary performance. This research led to the development of Cara ...

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