Performance Ethics Working Group Overview

The Performance Ethics Working Group is research cluster in the University Without Conditions. As the name indicates the core focus of the Performance Ethics Working Group is the intersection of ethics with contemporary performance practices across and between the fields of theatre, dance, live and visual arts.

Led by Melissa Laing the working group’s structure is very informal, coalescing around a question or event.

To date the Performance Ethics Working Group has undertaken two major research projects. These are:

  • An investigation of the ethical concerns, understandings and practices in performance culminating in 2014 with a podcast series as well as essays, convened discussions and conference papers.
  • An onsite research project On Conversation, alongside the exhibition Share/Cheat/Unite at Te Tuhi focusing on the role and practice of conversation as a tool or formal strategy within contemporary art. A series of group discussions were facilitated as well as individual interviews. The initial findings of the group were published in a research report titled Navigating Conversational Frequency.

The University Without Conditions is a free university and self-organising collective, without ties to Government or corporations. It exist not to produce ‘degrees for jobs’, but to enable a human being to improve themselves and the society in which they exist.