Documentation Action Research Collective (DARC) is an interdisciplinary collective of five international artists working on alternative and collective modes of documenting performance. Tara Fatehi Irani, Ernst Fischer, Holly Revell, Manuel Vason and Jemima Yong bring together their mixed backgrounds and expertise in performance, visual arts, photography, writing and documentation.

Transformance is a methodology in how live performance can be experienced, transformed and translated, employing a range of disciplines in an act of imaginative exchange between artist, witness/documenter, and a wider audience. This project aims to foster a dynamic collaboration between diverse practices in performance and documentation, to blur the lines between the act of performance and the act of documentation. Transformance aims to generate a hybridised live practice by creating and responding through a variety of disciplines evocative of both traditional and alternative documentation methods. This project rejects the notion of the singular perspective in an archive by creating objects and performance responses that belong together in a collection.

 A Transformance session with artist Moa Johansson for Tempting Failure festival 2018. 

A Transformance session with artist Moa Johansson for Tempting Failure festival 2018. 

Transformance is based around a passion and an interest in exploring what remains (and does not remain) of a performance, and in questioning the seeming contradictions between the ephemeral and the fixed. Through this project, the collective examines modes of subverting conventional expectations of performance documentation. They exercise a connection with other artists’ practice through a participation that produces fluid experimental responses and partial interpretations. Transformance is made from the love of two words ‘Transformation’ and ‘Performance’. It is the name for an active process of exchange and creation catalysed by live performance.

 A Transformance session with artist Hollie Miller for Tempting Failure festival 2018

A Transformance session with artist Hollie Miller for Tempting Failure festival 2018

Transformance sessions with selected artists from Tempting Failure 2018

For Tempting failure we worked with 3 artists from their programme; Moa Johansson, Hollie Miller and Peter Eason-Daniels, on day long sessions of performance, documentation and discussion followed by realising our responses individually and then bringing them together to create a zine, a three hour live performance installation and an installation of the remains of this event.

 The zine 

The zine 

 Installation of Transformance remains at Mathews Yard Tempting Failure 2018

Installation of Transformance remains at Mathews Yard Tempting Failure 2018

 Installation of Transformance remains at Mathews Yard Tempting Failure 2018

Installation of Transformance remains at Mathews Yard Tempting Failure 2018

 Transformance - Moa Johansson and Holly Revell / DARC 2018

Transformance - Moa Johansson and Holly Revell / DARC 2018

 Transformance - Hollie Miller and Holly Revell / DARC 2018

Transformance - Hollie Miller and Holly Revell / DARC 2018

 Transformance - Peter Eason Daniels and Holly Revell / DARC 2018

Transformance - Peter Eason Daniels and Holly Revell / DARC 2018

Transformance with Moa Johannson and Holly Revell / DARC 2018

Transformance with Moa Johannson and Holly Revell / DARC 2018

Transformance - Hollie Miller and Holly Revell / DARC 2018

Transformance - Hollie Miller and Holly Revell / DARC 2018

 Transformance - Peter Eason Daniels and Holly Revell / DARC 2018

Transformance - Peter Eason Daniels and Holly Revell / DARC 2018