Dr Mark Flisher, Head of Subject

Dr Mark Flisher

Head of Subject

Mark Flisher joined the School as a Senior Lecturer of Performance in February 2011, and took up Course Leadership of MA Performance in 2014. His research interests include representations of gender in UK and US performance art, performance theory, contemporary theatre, live art, digital performance, and the development of pedagogic strategies in creative practice.

Mark Flisher’s primary interest is in the representation of gender in performance art from the early 1970s to present date. Currently he is researching into how masculinity has been explored in Western male body-based practices over the past fifty years. Using the data from this study as a temporary marker he is exploring through a Practice-as-Research methodology how contemporary male artists might subsequently interrogate their own masculine identities. The purpose of this research is to identify how this type of work might offer a way of opening up discussions around representations of the male body in performance.

Current Teaching

  • Course Leader for MA Performance:
    • PM 1
    • PM 2
    • Artist Project Minor
    • Professional Practice
    • Festival Project
    • Artist Project: Major
  • BA (Hons) Performance:
    • Critical Context 3
    • Critical Context 4
    • Publishing Project 2
    • Performance Cultures 1: Digital and Underground
    • Professional Practice 1: The Event, The Conference

Research Interests

In addition to Live Art and Performance Art from the 1960s onwards, Mark’s other research interests include interdisciplinary performance practice. As a way of exploring this, he has worked with other artists on research projects and performances including choreographer Beth Cassani and theatre maker Oliver Bray. Mark’s current research project is in collaboration with choreographer Sarah Roe, and questions the role of contamination in interdisciplinary performance practice. At its heart, this project is a formal recognition of how two very separate entities have collided, clashed and fought to allow for a third to emerge. More information on this live project and Mark's previous projects can be found at www.flisheroe.com.

Dr Mark Flisher, Head of Subject

Selected Outputs