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The abstracts for the workshops are below. Please check the schedule before booking, as there are talks and performances that run concurrently.
Hobbycrafts Away Day workshop - Queer academy with Cathy Wade and Gavin Rogers: Thursday, 27.06.19: 12.10-13.10
“We are all used to having our dreams crushed, our hopes smashed, our illusions shattered, but what comes after hope?”
Halberstam, Judith. (2011)
A primary tool for focusing the students practical research is the 1-1 tutorial, yet this pedagogical model remains subject to the tutor’s knowledge and empathy for the contexts and methods presented by the student. Gavin Rogers and Cathy Wade collaboratively examine this exchange for the truths it reveals, ustilising the resultant ideas to form methodologies for Queer Academy, a space that revises cognitive dissonance into critical discourse. For ‘Cracking the Established Order' we present a workshop that seeks to extrapolate the inherent value in work that have been described as “Hobbycraft Away Day” and “A bit Claire’s Accessories” imagining what these practices could vocalise if they became feral and found their inherent autonomy. The art school, a supposedly unhindered place for art processes, visual testing and philosophical enquiry, very often develop their own established rules, ways of being, ways of doing - with a danger that the establishment itself could inhibit the production of queer art.
Strategies for building queer resilience, family structures, the role of the autodidact, the awkward, imbalanced and unfinished (Walter J 2017) and hidden knowledge within our institutions will be vocalised and explored through this discursive workshop.
Halberstam. Judith. (2011) The Queer Art of Failure , Duke University Press.
Walter. John. (2017) Shonky, the aesthetics of awkwardness, London, Hayward Publishing.
Affection-images: imagining the world in non-images by Ruxundra, Thursday, 27.06.19: 12.10-13.10
Creative practice, although still largely considered an elite activity, conceals the imaginative power that characterises human nature. Yet to day, little attention has been paid to people’s capacity to engage with creative practice on an everyday basis. An exception makes Professor Nino Fasca’s life-long exploration of the doodle as an introspective tool testifying to the human creative capacity. Following on this path and accompanied by the thoughts of philosophers in relation to productive imagination, I would like to engage in an experiment that explores creative practice as a common activity able to develop new knowledge, that cancels the dualisms individual-collective, subjective-objective and sensation-reasoning.
To this purpose, I propose to work with affection-images as results of creative gesture. Affection-images should be understood as forms of resonance between the object of our perceptions and our own selves. They are neither the reflection of our emotions (internal), nor responses to perceptual stimuli (external) but rather an intertwining of both, modulations of the same matter (Deleuze), giving rise to the imaginary texture of the real (Merleau-Ponty).
The experiment is organised as an experimental Lab, combining discussions of core philosophical concepts (P1:15min) with a creative practice exercise (P2:20min) and reflection on results and their implications (P3:25min). For P2 participants will be presented with a short extract from home movie footage (object of my PhD project), to which they will need to relate through the creation of affection-images. Among proposed creative practice methods for P2 are: re-filming the scene by using a smartphone, adding subtitles or sound, video-editing, analogue manipulation (printed frames). Together with participants we will discuss the single projects and look at what knowledge was generated through creative practice, the way the chosen medium impacted on the final output and how the single results can make sense in the context of collective thought.
Collective action: Visual Thinking with photographs by Andrea Jaeger: Thursday 27/06/19 15.10-16.15
Join in a group discussion that invites participants to experience together one photograph to discuss and share what we see, hear and understand collectively. The used method of ‚Visual Thinking Strategy‘ is a method for group discussions of visual arts and complex imagery that particularly fosters engagement through ‘listen with’ each other and collective meaning-making. This method forms part of Jaeger’s researching production in photography as a continuum: unfolding multidimensional in time, space and through the senses.
Guided by the question of ‚What is fabricated in photographic production other than the photograph?', this research contributes to the debate on ‘Posthuman Photography’. The research addresses the interactive and networked nature of technologies, materials and practices in shaping the meaning and aesthetics of ‘doing and making’ in photography, investigating practices in photographic production that are hidden and marginalised.
Touch workshop by Benjamin Skinner, Thursday, 27.06.19: 16.15-17.15
Working across materials and with the materiality of the human body gives people [of all abilities] the opportunity to connect to both internal and external perceptions of environment. My interest lies in combating the very real crisis of how humans perceive the environment around them and the potential of a self-directed interest in that change.
Within the parameters of practice-led research the proposition is to analyse the composition of an individuals touch, how we perceive to be in-touch and how that touch composes experience- through clay-work, drawing and movement research with other bodies etc. The vocabulary generated within this movement-based investigative practice cultivates a dynamic quality of physical articulation and one that highlights the importance of the potential power in threading a core of action as thinking. Even though this proposal is written from the perspective of an artist, any individual interested in the cross-pollination of creative vocabularies could benefit from investing in maintaining a momentum of codependent body-thinking.
My work is both performative and process-led; I would like to offer a workshop investigating a shared material-skin and/or a performative work-in-process dialogue using clay and my own solo practice.
Please wear old clothes.
Constellations by Sian Goldby, Thursday 27.6.19 15.10-15.40
4 - 6 people at a time
My proposal for this conference comes in the form of a performance lecture, which uses the phenomenological concepts of cyclical, non-linear time and multiplicity of spatial perspective as a methodology to explore micro and macro perception, human subjectivity and environmental change.
My aim with this research is to explore the gaps between perception, both in reference to the nature of practice-based research, as well as the human condition and experience of being-in-the-world. It explores how we see our environment, the changing landscape and climate.
It involves the sharing of personal memories and self-history, in reference to a wider context of the human timeline as cartography. The work itself is a topographic study into experience as a horizontal landscape of continual becoming. It is telescopic, and aims to switch between micro and macro perspectives through proposing the performative space-time as hyperobject (Morton), touching on concepts of inter-objectivity, liminality and alienation.
Throughout the time-span of the performance, the map of experience that is created is eventually deconstructed and destroyed, the remnants of which are placed alongside the remains of all previous iterations of the performance (see documentation). Mark-making and gesture also play an important part in my performance of the work; I will be wearing a white boiler suit which will eventually be covered in black charcoal marks from my repeated labour, as I question the sustainability of my actions, my resources eventually running out.
Archipelagic Practice workshop by Adeline and Paula, Thursday, 27.06.19, 16.15-17.15
By combining non-linear trajectories between public space and studio practice through field recording and deep listening methods, we will investigate exterior sonic locations of Pace Building, De Montfort University, and it transpositions into a studio practice.
Exploring the body as a medium to other locations and people come together, and choreography as a technology to record and broadcast information, the aim is offering a context for the embodied experience of interior and exterior sonic identities, intertwine and challenge the notions of time, place, body and memories.
Concerned with the politics of encounter and politics of location, this practice-led research is ground on the anarchiving of signals, calling and listening between bodies both temporal and spatial, topographic and anatomical, immerse in a multiplicitous ecology, from where we can explore life and art, and the borders of human agency and consequences.
Through specifics scores, we will guide the movement exploration into multiples layers of social and somatics enmeshment, challenging notions of spectatorship and performer relations, through sound and listening, using the Anarchive1 model for tracing creative processes. “The question is how what moves an event into taking form can be archived, as opposed to documenting the content of the event. Can traces of the event’s liveness be captured, in a way that might set the stage for a next event to occur in its wake? The anarchive would then be a kind of process seed bank for the dissemination of forces of emergent taking form.”
Is this a Marketing thing?: Recommendations for the Successful Completion of a Practice-led PhD by Tom and Andrea, Thursday, 27.06.19: 17.00-17.30
This workshop presents the opportunity to participate in an open and frank debate about the challenges associated with successfully completing a practice-led PhD and how those challenges might be best overcome. It is intended for students currently undertaking a practice-led PhD and the academic staff who supervise that programme of study. The discussions will be guided by Jackson and Rauh Ortega, who have spent the last year interviewing practice-led PhD students and supervisors as part of a project funded by the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence.
The following key topics will be discussed:
SELECTION What are the right reasons for selecting the practice-led PhD programme?
PROCESS In what sequence should the theoretical work and practice be developed?
SUPERVISION What unique challenges are presented by the supervision of a practice-led PhD?
INTEGRATION How might the theoretical work and practice be successfully integrated into a coherent output?
ASSESSMENT What criteria should be applied in the assessment of a practice-led PhD?
PRESERVATION How should the practice be archived and made accessible for as long as
Participants will be divided into teams and allocated a ‘provocation’ associated with one of these topics. Following a discussion, each team will present their ideas in the format of ‘challenges’ and ‘recommendations’.
The findings of the workshop will be distributed to any participants who wish to receive them and will contribute to the ongoing research of Jackson and Rauh Ortega, which intends to provide valuable resources for practice-led PhD students and the academic staff who supervise them.