PSi Working Groups bring together individual researchers to exchange ideas about shared topics of interest. Working groups meet during the yearly conferences, and sometimes also organize additional conferences or other events in between the conferences. (Note: Working Groups need to meet at least every other year at a PSi conference in order to be considered an active PSi group.)
If you would like to propose a working group, please contact Chiayi Seetoo.
AFTER DWIGHT CONQUERGOOD
PERFORMANCE AND PHILOSOPHY
The working group coordinates research events and publications that allow members to examine connections between performance and philosophy. Members research the nature of the relationship between philosophy and performance in a variety of contexts, such as: the use of philosophy as a methodology in Performance Studies; performance theory and practices exploring philosophical themes; philosophers writings on the theatre and performance; dramatic texts by philosophers.
Members pursue research questions including, but not limited to, the following:
How might philosophy and performance relate? To what extent might performance be understood as that which puts philosophy into practice?
What are the benefits and risks of the translocation of concepts from philosophy into the study of performance? What are the values and problems of configuring an individual philosophers work as a methodology for the study of performance: the Deleuzian, Derridean, Foucauldian etc.?
Can philosophy be understood as performance? Can performance be understood to be doing philosophical work?
A special issue of the journal Performance Research, On Philosophy and Participation was commissioned following the 2009 interim conference in Aberystwyth and was published by Routledge in December 2011.
Documentation of the groups contributions to PSi 15 in Zagreb, PSi 16 in Toronto, PSi 17 in Utrecht can be found on the working group’s own website.
As a member you will receive a regular mailing list information on the groups forthcoming activities. You will also be invited to join the groups website, which includes a members database.
– How Performance Thinks in London in April 2012
– Actor, Performer, Citizen in Helsinki in April 2011
– Performance & Philosophy in Berlin in April 2010
– Making and Thinking in Aberystwyth in January 2009
Performance Philosophy will run an open working group at PSi #22 Performance Climates in Melbourne on 5 July 2016.
Based on previous years, the working group will take the format of a brief (5-7 minute) informal intervention that outlines your approach or interest in performance philosophy with time for questions and discussion. The talk can be either theoretical or offer a practical provocation.
The group aims to provide a chance for performance scholars and performance philosophers working within different philosophical traditions to meet and make connections in their research prior to the formal opening of the conference. Participants will include, among others, Performance Philosophy co-conveners Theron Schmidt (in person) and Will Daddario (via Skype).
DRAMATURGY & PERFORMANCE
Starting our inquiries are the questions:
What are the ideas and practices connecting performance studies and dramaturgy?
Is performance studies dramaturgical and how does dramaturgy (mis)perform in applying concepts and practices essayed within the performance studies paradigm?
Dramaturgy is arguably universally connected to the idea of thinking about performance vocabularies but our understanding of these varies and so does our understanding of dramaturgy itself. Thus, we aim to consider questions such as: Can dramaturgy foster different ways of communicating human experience? Does it create new forms of scripting, new social dramas and experimentation? What are the limitations of the concept of dramaturgy in performance studies? What are the limitations of performance studies for dramaturgical thinking and practice?
The working group will develop laterally (shifting). Some of its attention will address theories and other aspects will be enabled through workshop and practice-based activities. It will be open to wide participation but will also be able to focus on projects and outcomes.
PERFORMANCE IN HISTORICAL PARADIGMS
- Where does the merging of history and performance studies currently occur most productively, and where is it less so?
- Are there, or should there be, any limits to the use of performance theory in historical inquiry?
- What is the current state of scholarship in this “in between” space?
And how might that “in between” state change in the future?
- How might performance studies expand, change, or challenge the field of history—and vice versa?
- How can the methods, theoretical influences, and other disciplinary preoccupations of Performance Studies apply to the study of the past?
- How do different research methodologies enable a historical perspective and what are their drawbacks?
- What constitutes evidence in the intersection of performance studies and history?
- How do historically-oriented scholars subject evidence of past performance to rigorous critique?
- How does ephemerality, elusiveness, or transience of performance constitute problems of historical research, how do they need to be accounted for, and what are the options?
We welcome proposals to our annual workshops at the PSi conference.
Cities of Refuge: Genealogies of the Praxis of Hospitality
Dominika Laster (University of New Mexico)
Revamping the Popular: Metro al-Medina’s “Hishik Bishik” Show and Beirut’s New Avant-Garde.
Rayya El Zein (Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia)
Extra-Ordinary Histories, Extra-Ordinary Bodies: Steampunk, Disability, and Imagined, Embodied Histories.
Michelle Liu Carriger (University of California—Los Angeles)
Transmitting Problems: Choreography and Pedagogic Legacy
Megan Nicely (University of San Francisco)
Panel chair: Aniko Szucs
Dancing on the Tongue: Rasa Overflows its “Origins”
Erin Mee (New York University)
“Black and White Are One”: Anti-amalgamation Laws, Roma Slaves and the Romanian Nation on the Nineteenth Century Moldavian Stage.
Ioana Szeman (University of Roehampton)
Postcommunist Melancholia: The Crisis of Activism in the Performances of the Central European Left
Aniko Szucs (New York University)
Museums, Literature, and Performance.
Carol Martin (New York University)
Panel chair: Dominika Laster
Feminist Theory Theater: Reading History with the (Collective) Body
Yelena Gluzman (University of California—San Diego)
Taking up the PiHP Working Group’s call to explore interactions between Performance Studies and History, this 45-minute workshop demonstrates a performance-based methodology for collective reading and analysis of archival or historical texts.
In the workshop, participants will be introduced to Feminist Theory Theater (FTT), a method developed by myself and colleagues at the University of California, San Diego. FTT, as we call it, is a way to explore the (already) embodied, encultured, collective condition of reading.
In FTT, we read a text together by staging it for each other in an ongoing, dialogical fashion; FTT involves rendering the ideas, sentences, and characters of archival documents into shared space, time, voice, body. FTT stagings are not meant to accumulate or converge into a finished performance for a subsequent audience. Rather, stagings are ongoing, provisional attempts to make interpretation available to ourselves, to each other, and to the materials through which they were performed. Stagings might incorporate sound, costumes, gestures, objects, the architecture and furnishings of the institutional spaces in which we read, and in turn these materials (themselves cultural, historical entities) collide against the seemingly smooth surface of the text.
The Judaica Project—Embodied Research Presentation
Centre for Psychophysical Performance Research
Ben Spatz (US/UK), Nazlıhan Eda Erçin (Turkey/UK), and Agnieszka Mendel (Poland/UK)
(University of Huddersfield)
The Judaica project research team will present results from the first month of its full-time “embodied laboratory in song-action” in Huddersfield. Drawing on previous research by Spatz, this will be the first presentation from the trio and the first test of the lecture/demonstration/discussion mode as a way of disseminating basic or “blue skies” (non-applied) research in embodied technique. The AHRC-funded Judaica project works on songs learned from digitally available ethnographic recordings which are highly culturally diverse but linked by the shared marker of Jewish identity. It raises questions about cultural authority and appropriation, the politics of representation, and the relationship between embodied identity and embodied technique through a provocative and intentionally decolonial proposal for something like a critical ethnotechnics. Reconfiguring the relationship between cultural, religious, and racial identity in an experimental mode, the project overflows boundaries between research and performance, writing and digital media, liveness and archive, to present a new concept and model of embodied practice as research.
PERFORMANCE + DESIGN
Superflu(di)ty: a psi performance+design working group event
Design is too often considered superfluous to performances – aesthetic, technological and everyday – and yet, as sensorially orchestrated phenomena, such inventions can make discursively manifest the varying excesses of our time. As cups’ excess runneth over, the superfluous-as-design performs its superfluidity, overflowing the edges and slipping between the cracks like water that infiltrates fissures, forcing open new spaces. In greeting this abundance with high-water boots, how are conditions of super-flui(di)ty in the social, political, environmental and/or other realms permeating our theorizing and practicing of performance design?
The psi performance+design working group seeks manifestos + manifestations to be shared at a gathering of abundant research and projects during the PSI#23 conference in Hamburg.
Presentations will be limited to 3 minutes, and may include a single image or video, physical objects or actions. These provocations will form the basis of a dialogue regarding the future of design practices in performance.
We encourage contributions from artists, architects, designers, theorists and performers.
Deadline for Submission: March 20th, 2017
Responses: April 17th, 2017
submissions should include:
• name and affiliation
• presentation title and statement (50 words maximum)
• single image
• bio (max 50 words)
Please send submissions in pdf format to Dorita Hannah (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Beth Weinstein (email@example.com) with SUPERFLUI(DI)TY and your name in the subject line.
A maximum of twelve submissions will be selected through a peer-review process.
All are welcome to attend the event during PSi.
PERFORMANCE & SCIENCE
Big players in the field of science like CERN and NASA invest in collaborations with performance makers. Joint research projects demonstrate the potential of science-performance collaborations in a diversity of fields, including medicine, cognition, and robotics. Performance presents a key to understanding scientific research and practices of knowledge production past and present, while expanded notions of performativity, like McKenzie’s technoperformance and Barad’s posthuman performativity, afford new, situated, embodied, environmental and post-anthropocentric approaches to questions and issues of concern to both science and performance. These potentials and possibilities are the subject of the working group Performance & Science. Please join us if you would like to share your work in this area and learn more about the work others are doing.
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).
PERFORMANCE AND PEDAGOGY
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