[dance-tech] Performance Research Seminar Series at Brunel University - winter 2013

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I n v i t a t i o n ::

Brunel University

Cleveland Road, Uxbridge West London

winter 2012-13


Wednesday,  January 30, 2013
Research  Performance Seminar
GB048     Drama Studio 16:oo-17:30 

Daniel Ploeger
"Thinking Critical/Looking Sexy"

Cultural theorist Rob Cover (2003) has suggested that the unstable character of 
relational contexts in postmodern culture results in all nudity potentially 
signifying sexuality. Accordingly, I suggest that the presentation of naked 
bodies in contemporary performance art is always likely to be perceived as 
sexual. In addition, I observe that many body artists perform transgressive 
actions that appear to reject normative body culture, but at the same time 
demonstrate a fascination with the very mainstream body-beautiful ideals their 
actions seem to challenge; their bodies as well as their self-representation in 
the media often reveal a careful maintenance of their bodies through exercise 
regimes and other cosmetic endeavors in accordance with cultural norms.  In 
this presentation, I propose an approach that seeks to actively provoke the 
sexualization of the performer's body (thus accommodating fascinations with 
normative bodily regimes), whilst at the same time undermining this reading by 
equally heightening cues that suggest a medical, commodified and artistic 
reading of the body. 

[Dani Ploeger is an artist and theorist, living and working in London and 
Berlin. Heralded in the press as the 'Jimi Hendrix of the sphincter', Dani's 
performance installations often involve cheap readily available medical and 
consumer technologies and explore themes around the technologized  body, 
sexuality and vanity. His artwork has been featured in venues such as the 
Museum of Contemporary Art Basel, Experimental Intermedia  in New York, 
para/site art space in Hong Kong and KipVis in Vlissingen,  Netherlands. His 
writing in the field of digital art and cultural studies has been published in 
the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media and the Body, 
Space and Technology Journal , among  others. He is also a permanent 
contributor to The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory (Oxford 
University Press). Dani is a studio artist at ]performance s p a c e[ in 
London. After holding a position as Lecturer in Performing Arts at De Montfort 
University in Leicester, he was appointed  as Lecturer in Theatre and Digital 
Arts at Brunel University London in 2012.]


Wednesday,  February 13, 2013
Research  Performance Seminar
GB048     Drama Studio 16:oo-17:30 pm

Robin Nelson, Stelarc, Johannes Birringer
Roundtable on Practice-led Research

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Research  Performance Seminar
GB048     Drama Studio 16:oo-17:30 pm

Yann Marussich
"An Experience of Immobility"

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Research  Performance Seminar

GB048     Drama Studio 16:oo-17:30 pm

Marc Garrett (Furtherfield) / Irini Papadimitriou (V & A/Watermans)
Curating Performance and New Media Art

Saturday-Sunday,  March 23-24, 2013
Antonin Artaud Performance Centre  

Artaud Forum III
Theatre and Resonant Politics
International          Conference-Workshop on Theatre Praxis
(coordinated by Broderick Chow and Johannes Birringer)

Performance   Research Seminar Coordinator: Johannes Birringer
All Research Seminars are co-produced with dance tech live TV and streamed 
online as well as archived. In collaboration with 
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visiting artists.

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