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Professor Nick Kaye

Professor of Performance Studies


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Telephone: 01392 723004

Nick's research focuses on the history of post-war experimental performance, with emphasis on the relationship between theatre and the development of ideas and practices through distinct but related disciplines, including sculpture, architectural theory, conceptual and performance art, aspects of experimental music, installation, video art and video installation. His books include: Postmodernism and Performance (1994), Art into Theatre: Performance Interviews and Documents (1996), Site-Specific Art: Performance, Place and Documentation (2000), Staging the Post-Avant-Garde: Italian Performance After 1970' (co-authored with Gabriella Giannachi  2002), Multi-media: video - installation -  performance (2007), Performing Presence: Between the Live and the Simulated (co authored with Gabriella Giannachi, MUP: 2011) and Archaeologies of Presence (co-edited with Gabriella Giannachi and Michael Shanks, Routledge, 2012).

From 2005 - 2010 he was a principal investigator for Performing Presence: from the live to the simulated, a large-scale collaborative research project funded by an award of £275,000 from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, and which he led in collaboration with colleagues at Exeter English, Stanford Archaeology and UCL Computer Science. From 2011 - 2014, he will be collaborating with University of Bristol Drama and Arnolfini Bristol on Performing Documents: modeling creative and curatorial engagements with live art and performance archives, which is supported by an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) award of £453,000. Amongst other events, the project will culminate with a major exhibition at Arnoilfini Bristol in 2013.

He will be Co-Director from January 2012 - 2016 of "Research and Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technologies Hub" (REACT), one of four knowledge exchange hubs awarded nationally as part of a £16 million investment by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to create collaborative projects between research academics and creative industry partners. REACT is supported by an award from the AHRC of £3.9million, with a total project value of £5million. Over its four year duration, REACT will invest in up to 70 knowledge exchange projects in the South West and nationally.  REACT is a partnership between the universities of Exeter and Bristol, University of West of England, Cardiff and Bath. Contributing partners include BBC, Tate, English Heritage, Hewlett Packard, National Trust, SlingShot and Welsh National Opera. 

Recent research papers have included presentations at Brown University, MoMA New York, Stanford University Drama, and the National Institute of Advanced Studies Bangalore. Forthcoming publications include 'Being There: Audience as Agent,' co-authored with Gabriella Giannachi for the catalogue to the exhibition 'Audience as Subject,' Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts, San Francisco (2012); an article, 'One Time Over Another: Tom Marioni's Conceptual Art' in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (2013); and a catalogue essay on the work of Lara Favaretto for MAXXI, National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome (2013).  

He was involved in the collaborative project 'Digital Reconstruction in Archaeology and Contemporary Performance' from 2009-10 with Dr Marco Gillies, Computing Science, Goldsmiths, and in the project ‘Performing the Archive: The Future of the Past’ in collaboration with the University of Bristol and Arnolfini Bristol from 2007-10. He was part of the 'De-Placing Future Memory' AHRC Beyond Text workshop in 2009, and is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.