Artistic
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Week 2022

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Choreography and the ‘felt sense of making’: A Conversation with Jonathan Burrows, Guido Orgs, Rosalind Golderg and Bojana Cvejić

Within the field of dance studies perceiving and acting have often been split, creating false division between the dancer and the dance. This binary limits choreographic understanding and the understanding of why people like to dance. It has grown out of outmoded physiological and neurological understandings that held sensory perception to be primary and reduced motor skills to a mechanical afterthought. And it has led to an abiding suspicion of the choreographic as being an authority imposed from the outside, less authentic than felt movement. Neuroscience and anthropology are now undoing this sensing/doing split, moving towards a view of motor cognition, patterning and bodily memory as an essential part of communicating, imagining and anticipating the world. Part of this paradigm shift understands movement memory to be central to the very act of perception. 

In the first of a planned series of public online conversations inviting cross disciplinary meetings between choreography and anthropology, neuroscience, philosophy of mind, music, poetry, mathematics and magic, choreographer Jonathan Burrows and performance theorist Bojana Cvejić will exhange their research on the role of motor cognition in imagining, communicating and anticipating movement with Dr. Guido Orgs, neuroscientist and former dancer, and Rosalind Goldberg, choreographer and PhD fellow at KHIO.

Dr Guido Orgs is an expert in the cognitive neuroscience of dance and choreography. He is a reader at the Psychology department at Goldsmiths. https://www.gold.ac.uk/psychology/staff/orgs-guido/

Rosalind Goldberg is choreographer and dancer. She currently engaging a PhD research at KHIO Choreography as a meaning-generating aggregate

 Jonathan Burrows is choreographer and Associate Professor at the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University.

Dr Bojana Cvejić works in philosophy, performance studies and dramaturgy. She is Professor of Dance and Dance Theory at KHIO.

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Work Group

Objective Enactive
This online lecture-demonstration unfolds the term ´Poetic Materiality´ within the context of designing and choreographing with Somatic Costumes. Through critiquing and applying the somatic practice of Skinner Releasing Technique, the poetics of philosopher Gaston Bachelard and the materiality of anthropologist Tim Ingold, this talk begins to map poetic and material agencies between bodies-costumes within the design-performance encounter.

Artist Talk

Objective Enactive

This talk will focus on the first outcome of Glitsch(ening) Ci(rculari)ty, a tripartite site-specific, where I am pursuing a speculative exploration of the ecology of the city, between the urban and the biological, unfolding its layers and materiality of time. The talk will end in a conversation between fellow researchers and artists in the collaborative project Urban Ecologies, where Glitsch(ening) Ci(rculari)ty, is generated from.

Presentation

Polyvocal Tongue The presentation will focus on relational ethics and polyvocality in performative text. It will also explore the use of plural languages in a play, looking at how a polylingual praxis can open up new aesthetic potential in playwrighting and in artistic research in general.

Conversation

TRANSPOSITIONS— JAR, Mette Edvardsen and modular diaries At the start, the idea for an artistic research conversation with Mette Edvardsen did not spring out of the topics shortlisted for the conference—hospitality, vulnerability and care—but a book that she had co-edited, and dropped in my shelf.

Panel Discussion

The Ethics of Vulnerability and Artistic Research

Any ethical framework must take account of the vulnerability of the human condition. This is significant in all creative endeavours – especially in artistic practice and the teaching of it – since the very act of creating something and putting it out into the world is an expression of vulnerability.