performance-presentation schedule

All welcome, all free.

Monday 7 December 2015

  • Paul Hughes, screen in Michaelis foyer: 9am to 3pm (ish)
  • Jana Prager, La.008 9:00 to 9:20
  • Dorit Schwartz, Lulham 09:30 to 09:50
  • Stephanie Pena, Mi.131 10:00 to 10:20
  • Courtney Stein, Mi.131 10:30 to 10:50

Friday 11 December 2015

  • Raphan Kebe, screen in Michaelis foyer: all day
  • Jenny Moy Mi.131 9:15 to 9:35
  • Orley Quick, Mi.131 9:50 to 10:10
  • Sam Pardes, Mi.131 10:10 to 10:30
  • Danielle Jones, Mi.131 10:50 to 11:10
  • Charlotte Ewart, Mi.131 11:20 to 11:40
  • Mariel Melendez: Mi.131 13:00 to 13:20
  • bonus presentation: 13:30 to 13:50

vocal dawn walk

Jenny will be leaving Putney Bridge station at 6.53am on Monday, for a vocal dawn walk to campus – arriving (hopefully) in time for breakfast at Froebel Diner before our next Dance Practice as Research meeting at 9am in Michaelis studio.
Vocalisation & communication during the walk are strongly encouraged – but keep it non-verbal, don’t say a word between entering the ticket hall at Putney Bridge & stepping through the gates onto campus.
Wear sensible, waterproof footwear – or failing that, bring spare socks.
This will probably be the last dawn walk from Putney Bridge of this module – but there may be a circular walk from Barnes station next week

composition is not research

Some fairly provocative ideas from John Croft here:

He makes a lot of very broad assumptions about research which I find hard to reconcile but it’s definitely worth a read.

the cognitive content of art while insisting on its resistance to conceptualisation – it presents rather than represents, discloses without describing. In terms of Wittgenstein’s famous distinction, such things can only be shown, not told.

And here’s Ian Pace’s response:

On 25 November there’s going to be a conversation about these ideas.

I have plans to make it along.

conference on writing and practice

There is an international conference on artistic research in the spring and below is some text from the call for proposals that is very relevant to the conversations we’ve been having.

The relationship between artistic practice and writing in the context of research is a challenging and much debated topic, both in and outside the framework of art degree programmes. Often the relationship is felt to be one of friction, opposition or paradox. Writing gives an explicit verbal account of the implicit knowledge and understanding embodied in artistic practices and products while at the same time art may escape or go beyond what can be expressed by words and resist (academic) conventions of accountability. A ‘written element’ is almost always asked for in the context of higher arts education, as well as by funding agencies, so the artist-researcher in that context often feels cornered, and has to meet opposing demands at the same time.

However, in the debate on art practice and writing the fact that writing itself is a practice is often bypassed. Giving a linguistic expression to one’s research is work that demands as much dedication and commitment as creative work does. Moreover, writing is not just practice, but itself creative work, a constructive process that enables the emergence of the new and the unforeseen. What is the role of writing in artistic research and what type of voices may emerge?

Furthermore, while writing can be seen as a form of practice, the same is true for the inverse: in the context of artistic research, practice is a form of writing; a non-propositional form of writing, to be sure, but in artistic research material practices and products not only embody knowledge and understanding, but as agents in a methodological sense, are also the vehicles by which that knowledge and understanding is produced and conveyed. Here practice is making a case, a claim; a discursive practice that comprises (paradoxically?) non-discursive, i.e. non-propositional material.

This years SAR conference will address writing in relation to artistic research from these perspectives: writing as practice and practice as writing. How do both writing and practice operate as ways to convey new knowledge, understanding and experiences by which we (re)organize our lives? In workshops, demonstrations, performances, discussions, open sessions and on-the-spot encounters we will contribute to the ongoing development of the relationship between practice and writing in the context of artistic research.

Details of the conference:

International Conference on Artistic Research, The Hague 28-29 April 2016

Please submit your proposal, of no more than 300 words, before 11 January 2016. Indicate which strand you are submitting for and the duration of what you are proposing as well as any special requirements you may have for your contribution. E-mail your statement to, including your name and e-mail address and, if applicable, your affiliation and relevant web link.
The selection of proposals will be completed by 15 February 2016.

The journal connected to the conference is here:

If you want to get up even earlier on Monday morning than we have to anyway

Jenny & Paul are making a silent dawn walk from Putney Bridge station at 6.31am (no latecomers)
Please be in silence by the time you cross the ticket barriers/enter the ticket hall.
The walk will end on campus – although there’ll be an alarm 1 hr after dawn, so the score could change then, if there’s a mutual wish.
I would recommend to bring a spare pair of socks.
You’re also welcome to join us for a breakfast debrief – probably in Froebel Diner, 8ish-9