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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 open

winter-spring 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Research Performance Seminar

GB048 Drama Studio 16:oo-17:30 pm

Richard Talbot

(Triangle Theatre Company)

"The Clown who lost his memory: Multiple Faces of Clown Performance, Clown Ethnography, and Archival Artifact Retrieval Systems"


Richard 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.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Research Performance Seminar

GB048 Drama Studio 16:oo-17:30 pm

Adrian Heathfield

(Roehampton University, School of Arts)

"Being in Relation "

In 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".

Adrian 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.


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Research Performance Seminar

GB048 Drama Studio 16:oo-17:30 pm

Sita Popat / Scott Palmer

(Leeds University)

"Dancing Sprites and Digitized Spaces: Collaborative Research in Choreography, Scenography and Technology"

This 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 series.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Research Performance Seminar

GB048 Drama Studio 16:oo-17:30 pm

Andrea Davidson

(Universite Paris 8 /Chichester University)

"Corps Sonore: Towards an Immersive Performance Environment"

Andrea 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 Choinire, 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 Choinire'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

Research Performance Seminar

GB048 Drama Studio 16:oo-17:30 pm

Marko Ciciliani

(Brunel University)

"Towards 'dirty light' - light design in the context of musical composition"

\In 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


Following 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.

The one hour talks and discussions are webcast live on dance tech net TV (then archived):

We 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.


May 8 , 2009

Networked Virtual Performance Environments UK/Japan

Research Performance Symposium

Antonin Artaud Centre 11:oo-17:30 pm (exact date will be confirmed)

A day-long workshop-symposium on virtual performance aesthetics, telepresence design and transcultural communications

coordinated by Johannes Birringer and Yukihiko Yoshida

(Brunel University)(Keio University)

The "Ukiyo" workshop takes places 2 -9 May , Antonin Artaud Building Studio 101, Brunel University

(This event is sponsored by a grant from the British Council / PMI2 Strategic Alliances and Partnerships project, Research Co-operation strand)


June 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 if you are interested in presenting during this event!

Future Plans


artist residency (in planning stages)

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 director)