DAY 1 – Tuesday March 17th, 2015

Co-creative processes and performances

Location: Ghent University, Het Pand, Kapittelzaal

Chair : Kristof Van Baarle (Ghent University)

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08.30 – 09.30 Registration + coffee

09.30 – 09.40 Welcome speech by Francis Maes (Head of Arts department)

09.40 – 10.00 Introduction Organising Committee

10.00 – 11.00 Keynote: Mylène Benoît (artist and choreographer)

11.00 – 12:00 Panel 1: Repositioning the Human

Moderator: Helena De Preester (Ghent University)

In this panel we explore two paths that reposition the human on the contemporary stage. Object-oriented choreographies (Ruhsam) imply not only a redefinition of what the object is and does, they also reposition the human in the world. Stefan Apostolou-Hölscher looks for a philosophical path in reconsidering the human and its position on stage and in the world.

–    Martina Ruhsam (Justus-Liebig University, Gießen): Non-human actors or the political implications of contemporary object-invested choreographies

–    Stefan Apostolou-Hölscher (Academy of Fine Arts Munich): Remembering the Anthropo(centric) Age

12.15 – 13.15  Lecture-performance Daniel Blanga-Gubbay (Aleppo (Brussels) / Académie Royale des Beaux Arts): As a Cloud Driven By The Wind

13.15 – 14.30  Lunch break

14.30 – 15.30  Keynote salon On Composite Bodies and New Media DramaturgyPeter Eckersall (City University of New York) in conversation with Kris Verdonck (artist)

16.00 – 18.00  Panel 2: Co-creations from the non-human perspectives 

Moderator: Frederik Le Roy (Ghent University)

In this panel several cases of performances with nonhuman actors will be presented as well as their political perspective: what is the utopia or conception of the world these performances bring us?

–    Stefanie Wenner (Universität Hildesheim): Mychorrhiza: an apparatus

–    Franziska Bork-Petersen (University of Copenhagen): Performing Utopia

–    Aline Wiame (Université Libre de Bruxelles): We the puppets: A Deleuzian approach to the ethics of mechanical performances

Artistic line-up:

18.15 –    Evelin Brosi / Arne De WindeGamper-Maschine #3 – Dampfer-Maschine #1

DAY 2 – Wednesday March 18th, 2015

Response-ability: Ethics and spectatorship

Location: Campo Nieuwpoort

Chair: Christel Stalpaert (Ghent University)

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08.00 – 09.00  Welcome + coffee

09.00 – 10.00  Keynote: Matthew Causey (Trinity College Dublin)

10:00 – 12:00 Panel 1: Ethics and relationality

Moderator: Katharina Pewny (Ghent University)

In this keynote + panel, we proceed with the questions: what are the political and ethical implications of posthuman performances? How do posthuman constellations perform new types of relationality?

–        Marina Gržinić & Aneta Stojnic (Institute of Philosophy ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana / Academy of Fine Arts Vienna): Race, class and gender in the post-human era. Where do we stand from a decolonial perspective?

–        Pedro Manuel (Utrecht University): Reality Check

12:00 – 13:30 lunch break

13.30 – 14.30 Keynote: André Lepecki (New York University / Stockholm University)

14.45 – 16.45  Panel 2: Vitalist materialism, beyond negativity

Moderator: Christel Stalpaert (Ghent University)

At the heart of this curated panel lies the creative process as “distributed agency of vibrant matter” (Bennett), as “vitalist materialism” (Braidotti), as “structural coupling of the human and technics” (Stiegler The Fault of Epimetheus 177) or as critical “profanation” of an apparatus (Agamben, 2009). How to move move beyond negativity, i.e. beyond a dystopian vision of posthumanism, while retaining a critical stance? How can spectating become an ethical act of response-ability, in the sense of cultivating the ability to respond?

–        Malgorzata Sugiera / Mateusz Borowski / Mateusz Chaberski (Jagiellonian University, Krakow): Spectators in Laboratory. Between Theatre and Technoscience

20.30 – 22.30 Panel 3: Artist salon (Location: Domzaal, Vooruit Arts Centre)

Moderator: Pieter Vermeulen (Ghent University)

–        Maximilian Haas (Academy of Media Arts Cologne) & David Weber-Krebs (artist): Does the Donkey Act? Or, Balthazar as Protagonist. (dialogue lecture / presentation)

–        Benjamin Vandewalle, Helena Lambrechts, Dieter BrusselaersAnalog Embodiment: Benjamin Vandewalle’s Peri-Sphere and (Pre-) Cinematic Technologies of Embodied Experience (panel talk + installation)

–        Jasmine Zaloznik, Nika Arhar, Katja Cicigoj, Martina Ruhsam (Justus-Liebig University Gießen): A Speculative Glossary (lecture-performance)

20.30 – 21.30 Performance Emergence by John McCormick / Steph Hutchison (Deakin Motion Lab, Deakin University, Australia). 

Please gather at 20.30 the ticket desk of Vooruit Arts Centre. The performance venue, the IPEM lab of Ghent University, is a short walk from Vooruit. Please note that this performance runs parallel to the Artist Salon. 

DAY 3 – Thursday March 19th, 2015

Prototypes for the transmission of performative knowledge

Location: Arts Centre Vooruit

Chair: Laura Karreman (Ghent University)

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08.30 – 09.30  Welcome + coffee (Location: Balzaal)

09.45 – 10.45  Keynote salon: Jean-Paul Van Bendegem (Free University Brussels) and Maaike Bleeker (Utrecht University)(Location: Domzaal, Art Centre Vooruit)

10.45 – 11.00 Break

 11.00 – 12.30  Panel 1: Scoring Choreographic Knowledge (Location: Domzaal, Art Centre Vooruit)

Moderator: Frederik Le Roy (Ghent University)

This curated panel will consider ways in which digital scores, as prototypes for the dissemination of choreographic knowledge, impact on the reading and understanding of dance works. Taking contemporary case-studies as an example, such as William Forsythe’s Motion Bank project and Siobhan Davies’ performance Table of Contents, this panel considers how these prototypes demonstrate emerging analytic methodologies and call for alternative frameworks for understanding dance.

–    Hetty Blades / David Bennett / Natalie Garrett Brown (Coventry University): Scoring Choreographic Knowledge: The ontological and analytical implications of emerging dance scores

 12.30 – 14.30  Lunch break

 13.00 – 13.15  Selected audience for Emergence gathers at Vooruit and walks to IPEM lab

 13.00 – 14.00 Performance Emergence by John McCormick / Steph Hutchison (Deakin Motion Lab, Deakin University, Australia). 

Please gather at 13.00 at the ticket desk of Vooruit Arts Centre. The performance venue, the IPEM lab of Ghent University, is a short walk from Vooruit. 

 14.00 – 14.15 Audience Emergence walks from IPEM back to Vooruit

 14.30 – 16.00 Panel 2: Tracing and Transposing (Location: Domzaal, Art Centre Vooruit)

Moderator: Timmy De Laet (University of Antwerp)

With contributors from Dance Studies, Computer Science, Musicology and dance practice, this interdisciplinary panel offers three different examples of cutting edge contemporary research that analyzes ways to trace and transpose the body to innovative interfaces. How can the subjective experience of flow within dance improvisation be identified through the use of motion capture technologies? How    can a dancing body be ‘drawn’ in an interactive, haptic interface? And how can an analysis of the ‘textility’ rather than the ‘textuality’ of music notation inform our thinking of emerging notational practices of dance and performance?

 –    Louise Douse (University of Bedfordshire): Visualising Flow: Analysing optimal experience in the body of the performer

–    Richard Merritt / Jane Hawley (Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Luther College): The Computational Body

–    Emily Payne (University of Oxford) / Floris Schuiling (University of Cambridge): Notational intimacies: score annotation as co-creative practice

 16.00 – 16.15 Break

 16.15 – 17.15  Panel 3: Emergence and transformation in digital dance environments (Location: Foyer Theaterzaal, Vooruit Arts Centre)

Moderator: Laura Karreman (Ghent University)

 This panel focuses on a number of practical arts research projects that seek to extend the co-creative potential of the various performance systems and relationships developed at Deakin University’s Motion.Lab, which is internationally recognized as one of the leading pioneers in research of motion capture applications for dance practice and research. One of the prime projects that will be discussed is Emergence, an artificial network-based agent that has learnt movement phrases from a dancer in an extended rehearsal process. The agent and dancer are able to co-create a semi-improvised dance performance where the agent exhibits unique emergent behavior.

–   Kim Vincs / John McCormick / Steph Hutchison (Deakin Motion Lab, Deakin University, Australia)

17.15 – 17:45 Closing session by the organising committee 

20.30-21.30  Performance Emergence by John McCormick / Steph Hutchison (Deakin Motion Lab, Deakin University, Australia) 

Please gather at 20.30 at the ticket desk of Vooruit Arts Centre. The performance venue, the IPEM lab of Ghent University, is a short walk from Vooruit.