The working group Performance & Science brings together scholars and artists with an interest in collaborations between performance (academic studies and practice) and science to build a network, share work in progress, and explore common interests and possibilities for collaborations. In preparation for our meeting in Hamburg we invite those interested in participating to contact us beforehand so that we can circulate materials about existing projects, experiences and research prior to the meeting.
We are not asking for you to prepare a paper or any other kind of research presentation. Instead, we are planning to facilitate a conversation with the aim of identifying important thematic, theoretical, pedagogical and artistic practices that should considered by the group. We are also seeking suggestions about selections of key readings and citations from the field to be shared in advance of the meeting.
In Hamburg we are hoping undertake a collective mapping of the field and explore questions such as:
- What are the existing interactions between science and performance?
- How are performance and science collaborations organized and what are their outcomes?
- What possibilities do expanded notions of performativity, like McKenzie’s technoperformance and Barad’s posthuman performativity, afford the field?
- What are the examples of best practices to pedagogy in this area and why?
- What practices are members of the working group invested in or interested in developing through collaboration?
Please let us know if you would like to attend and do contact us with any questions or recommendations of key readings that we can circulate to prior to the conference. If you are able to let us know of your likely participation as soon as possible we would be grateful.
Maaike and Eddie
Maaike Bleeker is a Professor in Theatre Studies, Utrecht University. Book publications: Visuality in the Theatre. The Locus of Looking (2008); Transmission in Motion. The Technologizing of Dance (2016); Phenomenology and Performance: Traditions and Transformations (2015, with E. Nedelkopoulou and J. Foley Sherman).
Eddie Paterson is a Senior Lecturer in scriptwriting for performance and new media at The University of Melbourne. Book publications: The Contemporary American Monologue (2015); Redactor (2017).