Bloodlines: Screening and Research Seminar
Friday 16th October 2016, 6.30 - 8.00pm in Jarman 1
Dr Alex Mermikides introduces bloodlines, an interdisciplinary performance inspired by her experience of being a bone marrow donor to her brother. The performance seeks to capture the cataclysmic shifts in selfhood and embodiment caused by donation, transplant and other aggressive treatments for life-threatening cancer. Alex’s discussion explores the capacity for contemporary performance to engage with new understandings of selfhood and embodiment since the ‘genetic age’. The event include a screening of bloodlines (30 mins)
Bloodlines is an outcome of the Chimera Network, a research network exploring creative, collaborative and compositional strategies of science-engaged performance. The Network was supported by an Arts and Humanities Research Council Award under the ‘science in culture’ theme [AH/K003518/1]
Alex Mermikides is Senior Lecturer in Drama at Kingston University, London, UK. Her research interest is in contemporary performance-making, with a particular focus on devised and interdisciplinary performance. Her publications include Devising in Process (Palgrave 2010, with Jackie Smart) and Performance and the Medical Body (Methuen 2016, with Gianna Bouchard). Her practice encompasses directing, dramaturgy and performance writing and her most recent production, bloodlines, was produced at the Science Museum, London, Antwerp University Hospital and elsewhere.