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Performance and the Repair of Public Space and Collective Ritual

Workshop-Symposium 2 : Performance and the Repair of Public Space and Collective Ritual      

Wednesday June 16, 2021, 14:30 – 21:00 (BST)

Roundtable provocations & dialog

  • Kate Marsh / Scott deLahunta  / re-embodiment & the ethics of dance Pete Barr / Eli Mohan Heath -Enaball / Ram Samocha / Yohai Hakak  / disability tech
  • Funmi Adewole  / Thomas Kampe  /   cultures of the body /  beyond forgetting
  • Mariza Dima / Maria Kastrinou /  rituals of heritage and intervention for racial justice

Keynote

  • Prof. Petra Kuppers  (University of Michigan): ecosomatics and collective ritual

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Agenda

This research workshop-symposium is intended to challenge our assumptions about bodies, difference and notions of ‘otherness’ in the arts. It is above all meant to “unmute” our bodies, to challenge troubled ontologies and the freedom to move in this era of pandemics. The term dis/abilities is awkward: we acknowledge this but believe it is important to explore practices and discussions around how disability (or “muting”) is defined in the arts and in our culture – as well as in the current shift to online/zoom conferencing & teaching. Who is ‘included’ when we talk about ‘other’ bodies or ‘non-normative’ practice, who is talked over, which lives matter, what can we learn from un-labeling, how we can collectively imagine our re-integrations into presence and corporeal interaction in pandemic and post-pandemic society. 

Within this two-fold event, the interdisciplinary ensemble of participants is committed to exploring new realities in expressive creativities concentrating on the primary physical investment of performance artists in embodied cultural practices – stretching from theatre and dance performance, radio and multimedia/digital projects to work in urban and nature environment, thus immersing themselves into life, social choreographies and activisms in the era of climate crisis virological pandemics, discrimination and injustices.  

This project is supported by DAP-Lab and Brunel University Research Seminar Series Award.