This was a series of performances that took the disguise of being a formal 1-hour-long lecture presented in various institutional scenarios. The premise of the Collapsing Lecture was that the delivery of formal lecturing and conference presentations is often fraught with mishap: equipment malfunctions and the lecturer her/himself is subject to unforeseen difficulties. These ‘collapses’ reveal that rather than being a transparent impartation of knowledge, academic Lecturing is in fact an unpredictable form of performance.
An Essay on the Collapsing Lecture’ was published in ‘Disability, Space, Architecture’ – ed. Jos Boys (Routledge, 2017), and can be read HERE