The annual Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) conference was held online & Co-Hosted by Liverpool Hope University between 6-10 Sept 2021. Having been invited by the Working Group on ‘Bodies in Motion: Margins, Intersections, and Vulnerability’to the panel (Unwanted) Motions, and stillness against permeable entities I presented my paper “Movement as a form of knowledge – unlearning the prevalent by realising patterns of interference”. The conference provided an exciting and really rich experience and learning source.
The final project running under the working title reverberating interferences – explorations into thingness has been realised in a Covid version as a film project with shooting dates between the 23rd to 25th October 2020 Wayne McGregor studios. The material is currently to be edited.
Some material has been published throughout the process on instagram.
The 2-day conference at the Aarhus University (Denmark) exploring the current landscape of research on posthumanism just finished yesterday. While I was only able to participate online it was a great pleasure to be part of this event full of highly interesting contributions.
The age of human exceptionalism is over. The Enlightenment human, Descartes’ autonomous Res Cogitans and Da Vincis Vitruvian Man, is gone. We have awoken to a world where humanity is not at the center of the universe. Where our relation to the world around us is not one of subject relating to an external object, but rather of intricate interconnection.
Posthumanism 20/20 takes stock of this strange new world with researchers from a diverse field of disciplines presenting their work, and few stones remain unturned, as the many different perspectives on posthumanism are explored – with research ranging from international relations to literature.
Find the full program here. I also was told that the talks will be made available later this month.
Due to Covid19 impact this year’s CREAM summer symposium was presented online only. Presenting via zoom was a new and unique experience reminding me what I am missing out on under our current ongoing Covid restrictions. However also making positive experience and being in touch via the virtual ends is at least one way of reaching out. My presentation was titled “Towards an after image of the afterimage of Agency”.
In November 2019 I presented at the After Agency Conference at the HAT Research Center in Poznan with an attempt to line out a re-definition of ‘agency’.
In December 2019 I tried to make sense of these ideas for the future progress of my project at your yearly CREAM Winter Symposium. This marks the frame for a decisive chapter and the next presentation in context of the project.
A slimmed down version was presented together with two dancers (Giulia Iurza and Gloria Trolla/Paola Drera) attempted to realize aspects of the original performance in different conference situations. Aiming to interlace different sources of knowledge came together in a grid visualising the positionality in space, while the amplified electromagnetic waves were disrupted by the movement of dancers as well as the audience. Intra-actively enhancing existing interference patterns aspired to undo an understanding of agency as a capacity assigned only to certain humans.
In context of the CREAM summer symposium together with David Leahry I organized a performative panel session. Collaborating on supporting each others workshop we shared the time slot to present two very different interactive interventions. To see a short clip of my section please follow this link: “Voice as embodied expression, voice as interference in movement“.
The performance ‘signalling at the molecular level‘ has been presented at the HYPHEN exposition at AMbika P3 in March 2019. The collaborative performance piece featured the amplified INTUERI (2017-18) e-textiles by the interface designer Gabriela Guasti Rocha.
Collaborating Dancers are Giulia Iurza, Livia Massarelli, Francis Maskens, Gloria Trolla, Tom Wohlfahrt, as well as the Esprit Concrete Art du Deplacement and Parkour practitioners Georgia Munroe and Louiseanne Wong.
In progress presentation of at the molecular level / in progress at the Deep End; University of Westminster; Performers: Rafik Hamdani, Param Mirpuri, Maieuran Sathananthan and Monika Jaeckel. A short excerpt is on the facebook project page Moved by being moved / to moving.
Presented “Re-minding the mind of the body / re-imagining molecular impact on thoughts” at the CREAM Winter symposium 2018. (link)