Gesturing Presence (Workshop/Masterclass)

Gesturing Presence (mit Isabel Rocamora)

Freitag, 25.11.2016 (12 – 18 h)

Teil I:

12.15-13.45 Visiting Artist Lecture: Gesturing Presence: The Performative Image and the Human Being 

Raum 1.411

Isabel Rocamora’s films explore the relationship between the moving body, place, temporality, and the lens, creating a distinct expression at the intersection of the performative and the testimonial. Her recent practice considers the ethical consequences of military violence followed by issues of faith and difference. In this talk Rocamora will offer insight into her creative process by closely discussing how thematic, choreographic and aesthetic considerations dialogue with her philosophical interests.

Isabel Rocamora is an artist filmmaker with a background in performance. Widely awarded, her choreographic live works have toured extensively both site-specifically and to theatres and her films can be seen in galleries, museums and filmothèques. Rocamora has shown at the Centre for Contemporary Art Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; the National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen; the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel and the Bologna Museum of Modern Art. Recent solo exhibitions include the Koffler Gallery, Toronto, Summerhall Galleries, Edinburgh and Galeria Senda in Barcelona. Her performance and film work has been broadcast on Channel 4 (UK), TV3 and TV2 (Spain), and Arte TV (France/ Germany). Isabel is Visiting Lecturer in Film Directing (MA) at Edinburgh Napier University and has been invited to talk at the universities of Edinburgh, Lisbon, Dundee, Glasgow, Oxford, and Brown, among others.

Teil II:

15:00 – 18:00 Workshop: Refining Performative Presence

(Informationation zum Raum folgen)

Isabel Rocamora will lead a workshop on the practice of performative presencing. Focused on the dramatics of human gesture, we will use improvisation techniques to explore forms of emotive and ontological expression. The choreographed body – one that is present in space and time – will then be considered through the gaze of the lens.

Please bring your fully charged mobile phones.

Participants: Any discipline (drama, dance, film). Maximum 15-20 participants.

Equipment: Participants are invited to bring their fully charged mobile phones.

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The Mediterranean Performance Zone (Seminar)

The Mediterranean Performance Zone. Female Gestures of Re.Action and of Re.Enactment 

Fr. 12-16, an folgenden Terminen: 11.11. / 18.11. / 25.11. / 2.12. / 9.12. / 16.12.

Campus Westend, IG Farben-Haus, Raum 1.411

The material/symbolic construction of the Mediterranean as a ‘borderland’ makes it a real and imaginary space of intervention for the activism and experimentation of performance practitioners. The course mainly relies on the theoretical praxis advanced by Postcolonial and Postmodern Gender Theory to interpret performance-based artworks circulating in the Mediterranean area. The theoretical voices presented, will be actualized into and intersected with specific practices of Mediterranean performativity, which innerve the potentiality of ‘re’.acting against dominant discourses and of ‘re’.enacting feminine desire. The ‘re-’ prefix serves as a prop for performance analysis: ‘repetition’ endeavours alternative strategies for narrating and resisting mainstream discourses controlling the body-movement (also in term of free circulation inside/outside the borders of Euro-Mediterranean zone), and, at the same time, it critically argues for the investigation of political and aesthetic phenomenon of re-construction, re-performance and re-doing of past events.

Students are invited to reflect on issues related to bodily memory, reiteration, restored behaviour, and practices of aesthetic ‘hospitality’. They will acquire gender-critical and postcolonial theoretical assumptions, they will engage with the contingency and the urgency claimed by Global South’s aesthetics of this historical conjuncture. The course examines several ‘gestures’ of Mediterranean performance practices, selected in different theatre-dance, mixed-media and intercultural languages. The teaching plan will be divided into 6 thematic areas:

  1. Performing the Mediterranean
    Feminist theories and Cultural and Postcolonial Critique
    Revolutionary ‘movements’
  2. Gestures of Re.Actions
    Performance analysis of artworks circulating in the Mediterranean area
    Re.Acting the Arab Spring
  3. Gestures of Re.Enactment
    Antigone’s Myth Re-Exists: Antigone, The Living Theatre, 1967; TOO LATE! (antigone) contest #2The Plot is the Revolution, Motus, 2009-2015; Antigone, Ulrike Quade Company, 2012; Antigone, Valeria Parrella, 2012.
  4. Digital Practices of Hospitality: Archive, Visual art and Memory
    Archive of Migrant Memories (Lampedusa – IT);
    Open Borders Projects (FR-EU) – ;
    The Matriarchive of the Mediterranean.  (IT-EU)
  5. Thinking/Performing with Water
    Performance analysis of works dealing with ‘watery’ images and liquidity
  6. Gestures of Migration/Migration of Gestures
    Théâtre du Soleil 2003-10 (H. Cixous/A. Mnouchkine); Lampedusa Beach, 2013-16 (L. Prosa)
    3-10 (H. Cixous/A. Mnouchkine); Lampedusa Beach, 2013-16 (L. Prosa)

Mediterranean Corpo-graphies (Antrittsvorlesung)

Mediterranean Corpo-graphies – Politics of Borders and Poetics of Touch

Dienstag, 6. Dezember 2016, 18 Uhr

Goethe-Universität, Campus Westend, IG Farben-Haus, Raum 1.411

To politically and historically conceptualize the Mediterranean in the present conjuncture is very much a crucial exercise in establishing new coordinates and bearings. Its ‘unsafe’ borders, its tragic load of desperation and death, its part in the construction of the global interconnected contemporaneity, call for our attendance, as scholars, students and cultural agents, to the region and the discourse of the Mediterranean. This is why it is important to extend the conversation to the cultural figurations that are at work today in and around this Sea, inside the political and poetical forms of resistance that let counter-narrative emerge.

Trespassing into the Mediterranean complex cartography, I would like to propose some configurations of performance practices and poetics, with the aim of offering a personal response to different aspects surrounding the material/symbolic construction of ‘borders’, and the transcendence of such borders in individual, cultural, political and territorial con-tacts which come into view in the contemporary Mediterranean performance zone.

The performative experimentations carried out by some artists who move, write and dance, inside and outside the aesthetical and political borders of the Mediterranean map, highlight the bodily tension of their languages and their compositional desire of re-mapping and re-imagining new corporeal geographies. They propose and disseminate alternative sensorial and identitarian modes of inhabiting the Euro-Mediterranean space through a new culture of ‘touch’.

Annalisa Piccirillo (Wintersemester 2016/17)

Mediterranean Corpo-graphies (Antrittsvorlesung)The Mediterranean Performance Zone (Seminar)Gesturing Presence (Workshop/Masterclass)

Als fünften Gast im Rahmen der Friedrich Hölderlin-Gastprofessur begrüßen wir im Wintersemester 2016/17 die italienische Performance- und Tanzwissenschaftlerin Dr. Annalisa Piccirillo von der Universität Neapel. Ihre Forschungen widmen sich feministischen Kunstpraktiken im mediterranen Raum, den Themen Interkulturalität und Gender sowie Fragen von Körpergedächtnis und -Archiv. Darüber hinaus arbeitet sie als freie Kuratorin mittels der digitalen Plattform M.A.M The Matriarchive of the Mediterranean. Graphics and Matters:

Annalisa Piccirillo wird im Rahmen ihres Aufenthalts an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt das Seminar „The Mediterranean Performance Zone” unterrichten. Ihre Antrittsvorlesung hält sie am 6. Dezember 2016 um 18 Uhr unter dem Titel „Mediterranean Corpo-graphies. Politics of Borders and Poetics of Touch“. Hinweisen möchten wir bereits jetzt auf den von ihr geleiteten Workshop zum Thema „Body Archives/Archives of The Body“, den sie gemeinsam mit der Künstlerin Isabel Rocamora am 25. November 2016 durchführen wird. Nähere Informationen finden Sie in der Kategorie «Veranstaltungen». Wir freuen uns auf ein ereignisreiches Wintersemester und einen regen Austausch mit Annalise Piccirillo und Ihnen.