The Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance
2006. 2007. 2008 . 2009.
winter - spring 2009
School of Arts
Brunel University West London
The public is invited
to participate in this series of encounters, lectures, screenings, physical
and new media workshops and discussions, focussed on new thinking in performance
practices, media arts technologies, physical and digital/scientific creativity,
and cultural production.
For more information contact
01895 267 343 .........Admission
free.......... Location: Cleveland
Rd, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH
The newly renovated Boiler
House, now named "Antonin Artaud Building" - February 15 officially
January 28, 2009
Drama Studio 16:oo-17:30 pm
(Triangle Theatre Company)
"The Clown who lost his
memory: Multiple Faces of Clown Performance, Clown Ethnography, and Archival
Artifact Retrieval Systems"
Talbot is an experienced exponent of immersive and in-role performance
methods. Recent work ranges from a comical tribute to obscure pop-stars
Nina and Frederik (documented in the feature film, Tribute), a site-specific
experimental re-enactment Whissell & Williams (Museum & Heritage Award,
2005) and activist interventions with the Laboratory of Insurrectionary
Imagination. He is currently collaborating with Triangle Theatre Company,
of which he is the co-artistic director, with leading experimental comedians
Ridiculusmus, and on Pantheatre's Lunatic Lab-Oratory. He has recently
taught experimental performance at Warwick University, and Birmingham
University and contributed performances, videos and essays to the Performance
Learning & Heritage project at the University of Manchester. From February
he will be touring with Shifting Sands Theatre in The Devil's Doctor,
a study of Paracelsus, the maverick Renaissance alchemist.
February 11, 2009
Drama Studio 16:oo-17:30 pm
University, School of Arts)
in Relation "
this talk Heathfield discusses the aesthetics of duration and questions
the models of time through which performance art has predominantly been
interpreted. Taking as its starting point Tehching Hsieh and Linda Montano's
Art/Life One Year Performance (1983-1984) in which the artists were tied
together for an entire year without touching, Heathfield explores the
question of what it means to be in relation. Tracing this problematic
back through the co-ordinates of early performance art, the talk emphasizes
the dynamics of movement and affect inherent in such relations and their
ethical import. This reading then forms the ground for an interrogation
of contemporary debates around the cultural value of "relational aesthetics".
Heathfield is a writer and curator working on and in the scenes of live
art and performance. He is Professor of Performance and Visual Culture
at Roehampton University, London. His latest book, Out of Now: The Lifeworks
of Tehching Hsieh, is published by LADA and the MIT Press in March 2009.
February 25, 2009
Drama Studio 16:oo-17:30 pm
Popat / Scott Palmer
Sprites and Digitized Spaces: Collaborative Research in Choreography,
Scenography and Technology"
seminar presents a five-year collaboration between performance academics
at the University of Leeds and commercial digital artists KMA Creative
Technology Ltd. Popat and Palmer discuss how the academy/industry relationship
has facilitated knowledge exchange and resulted in a combination of research
and consultancy activities, including Dancing in the Streets (2005) and
Projecting Performance (2006-8). These projects bring together dance,
scenography and digital art, exploring interactive interfaces between
dancer, operator and computer. Projecting Performance was funded by the
Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Sita Popat is Senior
Lecturer in Dance at University of Leeds. Her research interests centre
on dance choreography and new technologies. She is Associate Editor of
the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. Scott
Palmer is Lecturer in Scenography at University of Leeds. His research
interests focus on scenography, lighting design and the interaction between
technology and performance. He is the author of the Hodder and Stoughton
Essential Guide to Stage Management, Lighting and Sound and he is currently
completing A Lighting Reader for the Palgrave Macmillan Theatre Practices
March 11, 2009
Drama Studio 16:oo-17:30 pm
Paris 8 /Chichester University)
Sonore: Towards an Immersive Performance Environment"
Davidson is currently writing a book entitled Digital Perspectives in
Dance: Portraits of Choreographers, a collection of monographies on international
choreographers working with new media. In this conference, she will present
the work of Quebec choreographer Isabelle Choinire, one of the rare choreographers
to have worked exclusively with new technologies since the beginning of
her career and sporting a reputation as a pioneer of "cyber-modernity".
Examining new choreographic models developed by the choreographer as she
seeks to free dancers from an instrumentalisation by technology, Dr. Davidson
will analyze Choinire's particular interpretation and staging of the
virtual body as "le corps sonore", a collective body of sound produced
interactively that proposes a "new understanding of organicity and a broader
conception of the body" while creating an immersive performance environment
through an experience of syneasthesia.
Dr. Andrea Davidson is
a Senior Lecturer in New Media and Performance Practices at the University
of Chichester and a practicing video and multimedia artist. Following
a career as soloist and principal dancer of the National Ballet of Canada,
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ballet Manhattan, Desrosiers Dance Theatre
and Entre-Six, she went on to author, produce and interpret her own choreography
in Canada before moving to Paris where she completed a PhD in interactive
studies from the UniversitŽ Paris 8 Her creative work in video and multimedia,
including La morsure, a pioneer digital interactive choreography
for CD-ROM and installation, has been presented in numerous international
art centres, festivals, conferences and exhibitions as well as having
received the Prix de l'ƒcriture MultimŽdia de la Fondation Beaumarchais
(1997); a special mention from the jury of the Festival Napolidanza "Il
Coreografo Elettronico" (2000); and the Grand Prix International Videodanse
section New Media from UNESCO (2002). In 2006, she wrote the book Bains
NumŽriques #1 : Danse et nouvelles technologies, a commission of the
Centre des Arts d'Enghien-les-Bains.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Drama Studio 16:oo-17:30 pm
'dirty light' - light design in the context of musical composition"
his work as a composer, many of compositions of the past years incorporated
light design as a visual component. When working with light, he is at
first approaching it as an additional musical parameter, although an inaudible
one. In his current research, he is investigating in how far sound and
light are compatible with each other. They share some significant characteristics:
both are projected from singular sources, both are forms of energy and
both are abstract forms of art. At the same time, both have also have
some significant differences Ð for example in how our ears and eyes work
and how our brain processes the incoming information. The biggest difference
between the two is, however, that light is a medium with fixed boundaries.
While music throughout history has constantly redefined it's 'vocabulary'
by incorporating what has previously been conceived as noise, light as
such does not offer a comparable flexible skin. From this perspective,
Ciciliani approaches light as a 'symbolic form' in an art context, that
contains interpretable signs. Under the metaphor 'dirty light', he is
working on developing ways to apply light that diverts from its presentation
as a medium of incorporeal pureness.
Marko Ciciliani is a composer
and electronic musician trained in New York, Hamburg and The Hague. He
has written for a variety of settings, including orchestra, ensembles,
solo works and sound installations, often using live-electronics and other
media. His special interest in combining sound and light has led to many
compositions using lighting and/or laser. In 2006, Ciciliani founded the
ensemble Bakin Zub comprising five distinguished musicians. It serves
as his main platform for the development of large-scale multimedia works.
Brunel Performance Research Seminar now online
upon an invitation by producer Marlon Barrios Solano and dance-tech TV,
the Centre shall from now on broadcast Performance Research Seminars live
from our Drama Studio - making them available to anyone in the world interested
in the subject.
one hour talks and discussions are webcast live on dance
tech net TV (then archived):
announce this as the beginning of a partnership between our Centre and
dance-techTV, and an experiment in collaborative video broadcasting (the
channel is dedicated to interdisciplinary explorations of the performance
of movement. .The channel allows worldwide 24/7 linear broadcasting of
selected programs, LIVE streaming and Video On-demand.
8 , 2009
Networked Virtual Performance Environments
Artaud Centre 11:oo-17:30 pm (exact date will be confirmed)
day-long workshop-symposium on virtual performance aesthetics, telepresence
design and transcultural communications
by Johannes Birringer and Yukihiko Yoshida
"Ukiyo" workshop takes places 2 -9 May , Antonin Artaud Building
Studio 101, Brunel University
event is sponsored by a grant from the British Council / PMI2 Strategic
Alliances and Partnerships project, Research Co-operation strand)
2 & 3, 2009
PhD Forum II
Tuesday June 2nd (12.00-22.00)
Wednesday June 3rd 2009 (10.00-22.00)
PhD students from Film
and TV, Drama, English and Music are invited to participate in the School's
first Cross school PhD event! You will have a platform to present a work
in progress of a performance, concert, film, installation, game, website
and/or a paper. There will be food and drinks as well! We would also like
to give each student the opportunity to make an A4 poster of their PhD
research. This can be in the form of a diagram, an outline or pictorial
map which illustrates the research questions and methods each student
is investigating. These posters will be exhibited on campus and the school
will make a minimum financial contribution towards printing the posters.
Please contact Sue.Ramus@brunel.ac.uk if you are interested in presenting
during this event!
artist residency (in planning
Cena 11 (Brazil)
The Brasilian dance and
multimedia company, which was featured at Berlin's IN TRANSIT festival
in 2006, has prepared a document with the residency's objectives and a
workshop plan. This will be an open workshop lasting 5 days during which
other artists and researchers are invited to join and participate. The
last period of the worskhop is dedicated to developing new concepts using
the Centre's high-tech labs and inviting robotics rtists from the UK to
meet the electronics engineers of Cena 11 and the choreographer and performers.
Tiago Romagnani Silveira, the company's Director of Technology, has offered
to stay for another week to deepen technological and artistic collaboration
with the Center.
Pequenas frestas de ficcao sobre realidade insistente, Cena 11.
(c) 2007. Photo courtesy of the artists.
The Cena 11 residency
is planned to take place in the newly constructed high-tech studios in
the Antonin Artaud Performance Centre (BoilerHaus). After the official
launch in the autumn 2008, residencies and research events will be scheduled
here starting in 2009.
(c) 2009 The
Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance, Johannes Birringer (acting