Interdisciplinary Research Seminar at Brunel, Oct. 28

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Please join us next Wednesday for our next special event, featuring two distinguished visting artists:

28 October 2015, 4 PM – 6:00 PM
Drama Studio, Gaskell Building 048, Brunel University London, Cleveland Rd.

Olu Taiwo (University of Winchester): ““Expanded Politics of Street Performance”

Jaime del Val (Madrid) – “Metabody: embodied media and the wars of indeterminacy and control"

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Olu Taiwo, Senior lecturer at the University of Winchester, teaches in Street Arts, Visual Development, Dance and Performing Arts in a combination of real and digital formats. He has a background in Fine Art, Street Dance, African percussion, physical theatre and the martial arts including Tai Chi Chuan and Animal spirit movement. He has performed in national and international contexts pioneering concepts surrounding practice as research. This includes how practice as a research strategy can explore the nature of performance and the relationships between "effort", "performance" and "performative actions" as they occur in different arenas. Consequently, his aim is through the use of practice, to propagate 21st century issues concerning the interaction between the body, identity, audience, street and technology in an age of Globalisation. He is well published and interests include: Practice as Research, Visual design, Movement, Theatre, Street Arts, New technology, Trans-cultural studies, Geometry, Philosophy and Religious studies. In his presentation he addresses the performance politics & educational dimensions of his effort to help develop a trans-European Federation of Education and Training in Street Arts.

Jaime del Val presents his performance work and addresses the question how in the Big Data Era a new ontological threshold is crossed in the longstanding tradition of perceptual colonisations through reduction of movement to patterns. While disciplinary society was about repetition of totalising patterns, cybernetic and postcybernetic control is about prediction, anticipation and constant modulation of movement patterns. In this framework the Metabody EU project seeks to redefine the body as movement and embodied media as embracing the creative force of indeterminacy. Jaime del Val is meta-media artist, metaformer, metahumanist philosopher and activist, director of Reverso Institute of Metahuman Technologies (www.reverso.org) and coordinator of the METABODY Project (www.metabody.eu). Jaime del Val develops transdisciplinary projects in the convergence of arts, technologies, critical theory and activism, proposing redefinitions of embodiment, perception and affects that challenge the ontological foundations of contemporary control society as well as challenging traditional conception of the human, of binary gender-sex conceptions and of perceptual colonialism

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ALL WELCOME / contact: +44 (0)1895 267 343

Performance Research Seminar Coordinator: Johannes.Birringer
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INTERDISCIPLINARY PERFORMANCE RESEARCH SEMINAR SERIES 2015-16
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY
Dept. of Arts & Humanities

THEME:
Precarity and the Politics of Art: Performative and Critical Empowerment after Democracy

This Research Series aims to probe troubling interpretations of the increasing unrestrainment of capital, and its impact on all social-economic, cultural, creative, and educational sectors in the developed world; the sustainability of democracy is an urgent emerging research theme for those of us in the performing arts/creative field becoming intensely aware of the multiplication of realities (virtualization; networked infrastructures) and the growing depoliticization of culture and art. The main objective of the Series is to articulate various perspectives on politics and performance (within the context of precarization, the current refugee crisis, and the operations of unknowable information technologies).

Forthcoming Events: http://people.brunel.ac.uk/dap/ResearchSeminarSeries.html

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