[dance-tech] Re: performance architectures/wearable performance event, April 2016

  • From: Johannes Birringer <Johannes.Birringer@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:16:14 +0000

dear all - we are still open for proposals
and are happy to also consider late proposals....

*call for participation*

"Performance Architectures, Wearables & Gestures of Participation"

Artaud Forum 5
Brunel University London
Antonin Artaud Performance Centre

Thursday, 7 April: Symposium 16:oo - 2o:oo
International Laboratory
Friday and Saturday, April 8- 9, 2016
Call for submissions and enrolment in artistic–research workshop & symposium,
followed by performances, exhibitions and screenings, and training classes in
immersion performance

Please send abstracts (300 words plus bio) or proposals for installations,
provocations, film, or performance, to
Johannes Birringer 


The context for this international workshop, the fifth Artaud Forum held at
Brunel Unversity, is the collaborative European project “Metabody” which works
to redefine bodies in media, performance and design. Over the past few years,
‘Metabody’ has developed new architectures and immersive environments which
behave like living organisms that have an auditory, visual, and tactile sensory
quality, with subtly changing states and affordances, they can be worn and
breathed, felt and imagined, transported and taken off.

We invite participants to join us and work with these concepts of integrative
tactile experience, kinetic atmospheres, multiperspectival space, and
unconscious perception.
‘Metabody’ counteracts dominant technologies and their prevalent tendency to
negate differences by reducing bodies and movements to prescribed forms in
current surveillance culture. ‘Metabody’ emphasizes openness, and indeterminacy
of embodied expressions as a key factor for a sustainable society. This project
also foregrounds the need for a new politics. The workshop & performance
laboratory probes troubling interpretations of the increasing unrestrainment of
capital, and capitalism’s impact on all social-economic, cultural, creative,
and educational sectors in a shared developed world now expanded by massive
migration and refugee movement. The sustainability of democracy is an urgent
theme for all those in the performing arts/creative fields becoming intensely
aware of the multiplication of realities (virtualization; networked
infrastructures, diasporas) and the tightening of our bodies into technological
environments. This is a call for peripheral perception in existential
* * *

Our theatre and studio spaces will be available for physical and conceptual
workshop encounters over a period of three days (Thursday through Saturday,
April 7-9), including public performances, exhibitions, screenings, and urban
situations. There will be an enrollment fee necessary to cover costs for
technical arrangements but they will include some of the catering. The fee for
the three-day public event is £ 75 (£ 60 concession) for the whole, or £ 30 (£
20 concession) per day.

Accommodations can be booked at Brunel's Lancaster Suites Hotel / Brunel
University London, Uxbridge UB8 3PH. Tel. +44 (0) 1895 268006 / email:

Curated by Johannes Birringer
Venue: Artaud Performance Centre
Brunel University London, Cleveland Rd UB78 3PH

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