Calling All Cardiff-ians

performance in a shopping centreA picture I took during the live-transmitted soundwalk Dream/Home, at Mayfest, we’re facing one of the characters as we hear her thoughts from across a shopping centre.

I need you, Cardiff dwellers, I need pictures, videos, floor plans, hand drawn maps, timings and/or descriptions of ATRium at the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, ideally beginning in or around the room ‘CA312’ in the ATRium. I don’t need all of them from the same person, whatever you can offer. If you can help, or know someone who can, please read on.

I have returned from my first holiday in several years, refreshed, cheerful, and with a lovely big deadline looping in the beginning of September. From the 8-10th of September I will be at the TaPRA annual conference, where on the final day I will be delivering an hour-long joint paper with my supervisor, currently called ‘A Paper Without Organs’. To cut the academic explanations short, basically it aims to investigate how useful (or not useful, as we suggest) the current tools of the academy and academic thought are in examining performance, particularly as it becomes more interactive and integral… Some hints and quotes:

“it is experienced – and learned – upon the body. Its message is illegible; it is inscribed upon [the] flesh” (from a piece on Deleuze by Dan) Plato said “you learn more from somebody in an hour of play than from a year of conversation” (Coney) “new space, like new machines, can only be represented in motion” (p.19 in Deleuze and Space)

The majority of my half of the paper will take the academics on a soundwalk around the conference building, intersecting with the paper, academic questions, conference/academic space, and as my supervisor Dan Watt puts it, hopefully bring people out of the ‘academic ghetto’ from which conferences are typically received. I’ll be drawing on the work of the Agency of Coney, Hide and Seek, and Duncan Speakman.

That’s the idea, anyway.

So why am I calling all Cardiff-ians? Well, my department can’t afford to send me to Cardiff twice. I usually need to explore an area first, before writing for it, but this time I can’t do so physically. Although it fits in with the theory of the paper that I am in some ways, doing it ‘blind’ – using the re-presentation of maps in the same way as much academic thought re-presents performance – I still need something to go on.

So I need you, Cardiff dwellers, I need pictures, videos, hand drawn maps, timings and descriptions of ATRium at the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, ideally beginning in or around the room ‘CA312’. The venue is walking distance from Cardiff Central rail station, so won’t be too far out the way. If you can help me, please get in contact, either leave a comment, talk to me on Twitter @hannahnicklin, or email me at h.k.nicklin [at] lboro.ac.uk.

And please share this far and wide, with anyone you know who might be able to help.

Thank you.

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5 Responses to “Calling All Cardiff-ians”

  1. Oink August 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    I appreciate what you’re asking, but wouldn’t it be easier (and more thorough) to buy a return day ticket yourself if your dept can’t afford to send you twice?

  2. Hannah Nicklin August 23, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    Hi Oink, I should probably add that I can’t afford the £80 ticket myself, I am only a research student, and survive on a studentship from the university, but it only leaves me with about £40 spare a month.

  3. Hannah Nicklin August 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    P.S. I have already tried to arrange hitching a lift, but to no avail, and I don’t drive.

  4. Oink August 23, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    Can the conference venue help? Perhaps there’s someone you can sweet-talk?

  5. Hannah Nicklin August 23, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    Rest assured I’m trying more trad angles via my supervisor, but as the deadline is soon, I’m also trying to harness the connectedness of the interwebs. It’s a bit to ask, but hopefully if people think so then they don’t need to do anything but ignore me :)

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