Thinking Infrastructures // Performing Meetings With invited guests Johanna Linsley and Rebecca Collins

Collins, R. (Invited speaker)

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Please join us for this extraordinary MARs meeting to talk about what we are thinking and how we are acting during this time of transition: a time where we are moving so much of our interaction – teaching, meetings, research conversations, everyday exchanges – onto digital platforms.

Arguably, the infrastructures and patterns of behaviour that we are establishing quickly and rapidly in response to the coronavirus crisis will remain with us, in one form or another, for some time to come. The implications of this are vast. If, thus far, we have been working tactically in our response to the coronavirus situation, what happens when we begin to think and act strategically? That is, when we consider how the infrastructures and patterns of behaviour we are developing now will be the world to come, and begin to work towards this? What kind of future world do we want to inhabit?

These kinds of questions are inspired by the times we are in, as much as by the ongoing research of many of on the Art Research Programme.

**All are welcome! The session is intended to be informal and discursive. Hope to see you there …**

I. Thinking Infrastructures

In the first part of the meeting, we will discuss Lauren Berlant’s text ‘The commons: Infrastructures for troubling times’. (See attached and Dropbox link below.)

This text was recommended by Tom Clark, who is a researcher on the Art Research Programme, and his pivotal to his research. As it is very much resonant with our current situation, we will use this as a springboard for thinking about the kinds of infrastructures we want to build, for now, for future.

Dropbox Link:
II. Performing Meetings

In the second part of the meeting, we will engage with the work and thinking of two performance-artist-researchers, Johanna Linsley and Rebecca Collins. Johanna and Rebecca will introduce us to their thinking around the performance of the ‘The Meeting’. Why do we meet? How do we meet? What are the protocols of ‘The Meeting’? How have they evolved over time, and how are they changing as we move on-line? There will also be a bit of thinking and talking about ‘flourishing’ and ‘withdrawal’.


Johanna Linsley is an artist, researcher and producer of performance. Her work is collaborative and often iterative, resulting in multiple outcomes or versions. She is interested in contemporary performance and Live Art; documentation of performance; sound, listening and the voice; queer domesticity; and modes of assembly. She is currently a lecturer at University of Dundee and postdoctoral research associate on the Leverhulme-funded project Acts of Assembly at the University of Roehampton.

Rebecca Collins is an artist researcher and lecturer in contemporary art theory at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. Her main research interests are in the fields of sound, listening, performance and writing. She is particularly interested in thinking through and developing practice-based methodologies for investigating aural attention, affect, mood and atmosphere through listening, text and vocal delivery techniques.
Period16 Jun 2020
Held atGoldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Research
  • Performance
  • Online
  • Seminar
  • Infrastructure
  • Meetings