The Obscure: A Performative work in Two Parts in Oxford

“The Obscure: A Performative Work in Two Parts” was a work for my doctorate. It coincided with the one day of the year where the city’s colleges open their doors to the public. The title comes from the Thomas Hardy novel “Jude the Obscure” about an autodidact stonemason who has aspirations to attend Oxford (called Christminster in the book). The first part of the work invites participants to learn the basics of stone carving from a local stonemason while wearing a sticker naming them “The Obscure”. The second part of the work invited participants to choose from a selection of lectures to listen to while touring three of the college quads. The lecture’s subjects ranged from theatre of the oppressed to visual anthropology.

A Lecture on being a stonemanson
A Lecture on being a stonemanson
Tools
Tools
Identity stickers and the days agenda
Identity stickers and the days agenda
Instruction
Instruction
Walking to the first college listening to a lecture on headphones
Walking to the first college listening to a lecture on headphones
Entering the gate
Entering the gate
The Quad
The Quad
Listening to a Lecture
Listening to a Lecture
Flyer
Flyer
Jude
Jude
Another college
Another college
Listening and looking in the dining hall
Listening and looking in the dining hall
Discussion about stone
Discussion about stone
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