Zahra Killeen-Chance commences her Research Series this week in Auckland. View her video blog here.
MAP Response to BLOG # 3
So much to unpack from the blog this week so I thought I would focus on this statement from the Danny Butt article Sean shared. The article was particularly interesting for me in terms of establishing platforms for knowledge and research sharing that go beyond art works, universities and other commodities (for want of a better word?) MAP's driving force is to ensure that knowledge and research is being shared and we are especially interest in the artfullness in how it is being shared just as much as the what. There are perceived boundaries in place around formality, politics, economy and social habits so I really liked Danny Butt's closing statement (although there were many others that resonated also).
"Heidegger recovered from Greek philosophy the idea that the ‘work of art’ initiated a world by creating a presence working in an oppositional direction to positivist knowledge. The experience of encountering work was not to take us into the future, but to prompt an experience of unconcealement or emplacement—to become more where one already was. Art can then help us remember a world outside ourselves, which capitalism would much rather have us forget in our chase to more efficiently improve what we already know".
Danny Butts article ‘Thesis on Art and Knowledge’, (Published in un Magazine 7.1http://unprojects.org.au/magazine/issues/issue-7-1/theses-on-art-and-knowledge/ 29th July 2013.)
To share in this way also seems to be to share our vulnerability, our not knowing, to value the unknown just as much and to acknowledge there are things we don't realise we already know! Discussion of signs then comes to mind and Sean talks of familiarity. In terms of the body and signs, there is so much familiarity we have lost sight of what is there and known - in the attempt to find more. To return to Forsythe as he puts this rather well:
Then I think you can talk to this issue that was raised in the lab around varying levels of knowledge and experience to argue everyone brings a body and a body of knowledge - even if it is somewhat unknown or seems unfamiliar...
MAP Response to BLOG # 2
As a part of Sean's Research Series he has requested a weekly response to his blog from me, as the Artistic Director of MAP. Next week I also hope to skype in to his Movement Lab and potentially be involved in that discussion as well.
As an organisation, MAP always aims to be transparent and about advocating for the artist and nurture the study of movement.
Currently, my personal interest has directly related to an essay by William Forsythe which speaks to the idea of the 'Choreographic Object'. He states that Choreography and Dancing are two very distinct practices. The further I explore choreography, my own practice and ways to engage 'everyday people' in choreographic practice, the less I find myself particulary attending to 'dancing' but rather the body, the collective body and the blurring of definitions and disciplines, and yet I think that language becomes both more and less important. I also recently uploaded a brief insight into Forsythe's work, "Nowhere And Everywhere At The Same Time" which was performed on 15 / 16 / 17 and 22 / 23 / 24 June 2012 at the Artiglierie dell'Arsenale, Venice. In his interview in the clip he refers to Barbara Johnson stating 'nothing fails like success'.
MAP invites independent artists to share their practice with written and video blogs.