Four artist-performer projects have been funded to create performance works based on UCL EPSRC funded research. As part of this, Dr Ellie Cosgrave has been collaborating with artist Laura Wilson to explore the ways in which urban infrastructure shapes where and how we move within the city. This research has been shaped over the past year by the pandemic and the changing movement of people through the urban environment. They have been reflecting - through a series of weekly letter exchanges - on the ways in which the city has been shaped and re-shaped by our responses to the virus, and the social and political meaning of this re-making.
The programme is part of Performance Lab, UCL Culture's experimental programme that brings research to life on stage through art, theatre, dance, music, comedy and everything in-between.
Performing Place is an initiative bringing together learning from the first year of Performance Lab (which included an event by UCL Urban Laboratory), and the Trellis programme of community engagement which has been taking place in east London in 2018-2020.
The aims of the programme are to:
Build relationships between UCL researchers, the people of Camden and external artists
Create opportunities for knowledge exchange between artists, academics and the people of Camden
Build the skills and experience of artists, researchers and relevant stakeholder communities by working together
UCL Urban Innovation and Policy Laboratory Co-Director Dr Ellie Cosgrave was awarded funds for a cross-discipline collaboration building on her existing urban research on the interrelationship between gender and urban infrastructure; alongside artist Laura Wilson’s research around civic histories and labour, how information is passed on from one person to another through movement and recent performances investigating how the body learns, adapts, responds and performs. Cosgrave and Wilson will work together with Camden residents to explore their personal relationship with mobility in the city and how this also relates to their personal histories.
You can find out about the other projects funded as part of Performing Place on the UCL Culture website.