York University Theatre and Performance Studies Graduate Symposium: Performing the Accidental Archive

April 16, 2015 @ 2:30 pm – April 18, 2015 @ 3:30 pm

Performing the Accidental Archive is the fourth annual York University Theatre & Performance Studies graduate student symposium.

This symposium is a call to explore the places, practices, objects, and events that are archival despite themselves and that point towards the unintended and incidental remains of our everyday lives and actions, in association with the Performance Studies (Canada) Speaker Series, Images Festival, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), York’s School of Art, Media, Performance, and Design, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Department of Theatre.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines accidental as “not essential to the existence of a thing,” and as something relating to or occurring “by chance, unintentionally, or unexpectedly […] or produced by accident.” “Accidental Archives” then refers to the non-essential, the contingent, the secondary, the subsidiary places, objects, and actions that are unintentionally archived, or that remain in different, transformed, and immutable ways.

We are committed to work that speaks across disciplines, and with a through diverse methods/methodologies. We are excited to program papers, installations, performances, manifestos, and workshops that are of a similar energy.


Opening Performance: Jess Dobkin and Martha Wilson, How Many Performance Artists Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb — Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity St., 7pm – 11pm April 16 (produced by Images Festival)

Opening Keynote: Ann Cvetkovich, "Accidental Encounters as Archival Practice and Queer Affective Method” — Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St., 9:15AM April 17

Panels, Workshops and Performances — Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St., 11am – 6pm April 17

Performance Brunch: Jess Dobkin and Martha Wilson, "How Many Performance Artists Does it Take to Eat Brunch" — 230 Richmond St. W.,11am – 1pm April 18

Closing Keynote: Shannon Jackson, “Curating People: Drama’s Archive as Time-based Art” — Melody Bar, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., 3pm April 18

Please register online. (All symposium talks are free and open to the public.) The full schedule is also listed online.