The Performance Foundation supports research led innovation, experiment and engagement in the public realm through performance enquiry and practice. The Performance Foundation, directed by Alan Read, Professor of Theatre at King’s, engages with the public realm through events, research and collaboration working with a range or artist and academic associates.
Based in a purpose built networked facility in the East Wing of Somerset House, the Performance Foundation is currently involved in three related projects supported by substantial public funding: Engineering Spectacle: Inigo Jones’ Past and Present Performance at Somerset House, a three year Leverhulme Award project; Bridging the Gaps a three year EPSRC funded project in collaboration with the Institute of Making, UCL, and King’s Reach; The 7 Generations of Performance a HEIF resourced performance led audit of the King’s College campuses, north and south of the river.
The Performance Foundation further fosters creative and practice based links with allied organisations and companies with the intention of opening King’s College London research to a wider public. Past associations include work with: Live Art Development Agency, Somerset House Trust, Dream Think Speak, London International Festival of Theatre, Every House has a Door, Crying Out Loud, Haworth Tompkins Architects, Culture Capital Exchange, Picturehouse.
Where the Arts meet the Academy
On its inception in 2011 the Performance Foundation initiated an annual event, mimicking the conference form but seeking to expand the diversity of participation and disciplinary range as widely as is possible within a week-long format. The first of these events took place in February 2011 and was dedicated to the exploration of CAVES. Working with a diversity of international artists and academics, including sound recordist Chris Watson and Turner Prize nominee Roger Hiorns, this event brought together artists, academics and the public in a open ended discussion of all things subterranean.
BBC Radio Natural History Unit have commissioned a radio series based on this event that will be broadcast by BBC Radio 4 from May 2012. Among King’s contributors to this series Professor Alan Read has written the opening to the series on Plato’s Cave and Patricia Reynolds, Professor of Dentistry at King’s, has developed her contribution to the CAVES event entitled 'The Vermillion Border'. For 2012 the planned event is THE SEA.