Institute of Environment, Health and Societies

Center for Contemporary and Digital Performance

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Interdisciplinary Performance Research Laboratories and Lectures 2020-21

Autumn Series 2020, on Wednesdays, 5pm - 6:30 pm [Zoom Online]

November 11, 2020

17:oo- 18:3o

Online Drama Studio

Mariza Dima

(Games Design, Brunel University )

Sutton House Stories

"Affective Dramaturgy in Immersive Cultural Heritage"

Mariza will address dramaturgical challenges for her on-going work on Sutton House Stories, a project through which she explores affective storytelling for situated learning in the cultural heritage context using smart glass Augmented Reality (AR). The project looks at cultural heritage sites as opposed to museums that hold collections of objects. The reason for this is that heritage sites are physical/theatrical places that incorporate both tangible and intangible heritage, they are the holders not only of the physical structure but also of the stories that happened in their grounds, and they offer an incredibly immersive experience, even without any digital technology. The stories that surround a historic site offer a rich playground to design affective narrative. Mariza and her partners collaborate on the project with National Trust - Sutton House, a Tudor house in Hackney and an important place of history in central London. Through this research she is developing a framework for designing smart glass Augmented Reality experiences in the specific context.

Mariza is a Lecturer in Games Design. She specialises in User Experience and User Interface design for developing meaningful and engaging interactions particularly using mobile, AR and haptic technologies. She has worked between academia and the creative industries as an interaction designer and creative technologist in R&D projects combining engineering and design approaches grounded on theoretical contexts of narrative, affective dramaturgy, and audience/player engagement. A keen knowledge hunter, she is often inspired by and experiments playfully with perspectives from different fields that could offer a useful alternative lens on user experience design and then turns them into a tool for designing engaging experiences. Her design approach is holistic and experiential where the designer embeds and immerses herself in a collaborative design process and views it as an educational and transformative experience rather than participating in it as a design expert. She also consults on strategies for devising and developing digital projects and user interactions in the creative industries and has expertise in design methods for collaboration and co-creation.

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Passcode: 1373856283

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November 25, 2020

17:oo- 18:3o

Online Drama Studio

Isabelle Choinière

(Chercheure transdisciplinaire postdoctorale, Faculté des arts Université du Québec à Montréal/UQÀM, Canada

Phase #5, by Isabelle Choinière, with dancers Tahni Holt, Juju Kasanagi, Lisa Juju Kasanagi, Lu Yim, Eliza Larson. 2016 © Leila Cassar

"Through the Prism of the Senses”

Isabelle Choinière will present ideas and research experiences ground in the new book she recently published: Par le prisme des sens : médiations et nouvelles réalitiés du corps dans les arts performatifs. Technologies, cognition et méthodologies émergentes de recherche-création (Presses de l'Université du Québec, Collection Esthétique) - Through the Prism of the Senses: Mediation and New Realities of the Body in Contemporary Performance. Technology, Cognition and Emergent Research-Creation Methodologies (Intellect Books)

Isabelle Choinière is an artist, researcher, author and teacher of new contemporary performative practices, with a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Integrative Arts from Planetary Collegium, Plymouth University, UK (2015). Her main works to date include Communion, Le partage des peaux II (1994-1999); La démence des anges, La mue de l’ange (1999-2005); Meat Paradoxe (2005-2010); Flesh Waves (2013) and Phase #5 (2016 ?), productions that have toured in Europe, Latin America and North America in major festivals, exhibitions and art institutions. They have also been referenced as case studies for research groups in universities around the world. In 2014, she was awarded the Prix Reconnaissance Desjardins 2014 for the innovation of her work. Choinière's research has been published; in English in Intellect Journals, UK (2006, 2013, 2015), the Journal of Transdiciplinary Knowledge Design, Korea (2009), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK (2009, 2014); in French in Archée, Quebec and in Revista Repertório, Brazil (2015, 2016, 2017); as well as in Portuguese in CENA and Revista VIS, Brazil (2015, 2017); and activity as a guest chief-editor for a double issue of Technoetic Arts, Intellect Journals, UK (2015). In 2018 and 2019, she will be published in three languages by Intellect Books (UK), Les Presses de l'Université du Québec (Canada) and Ediciones de la Universidad de Caldas (Colombia), a book titled: Through prism of the senses: Mediation and new realities of the body in contemporary performance. Technologies, cognition and emergent research-creation methodologies. She is currently an associate professor at the Faculty of Communications, School of media, and Postdoctoral researcher at the Arts Faculty, at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). In 2017, she will work on the design and implementation of interdisciplinary seminars at the Facultad de Artes, Universidad de Chili. She is a member of international research groups such as HEXAGRAM and Planetary Collegium Research Network.

The recoding will be published soon.

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December 9, 2020

17:oo- 18:3o

Online Drama Studio

Kirstine Lindemann

(Composer-Performer, Copenhagen, Denmark)


Kirstine Lindemann performs Between Strings – Installation work for seven strings, amplification, lights and moving instrumentalists, 2020 (left); Robin Hood , premiered in Copenhagen, October 2020

"Between Strings and Hoods”

With a special interest in the body and the movement as compositional material, Lindemann’s work as an instrumentalist, composer and performer focuses on that space between you and I. As an interpreter as well as in her own works the body and sound form part of an exploration of the limitations and the possibilities of connection posed by the body when it is understood as a musical instrument. Lindemann has toured in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Finland, Iceland, South Africa as both an instrumentalist, composer and performer. She studied at the music academies in Helsinki, Amsterdam and Odense from where she did her advanced post-graduate studies as a physical performer and instrumentalist. She has been granted the 1st prize in the TUF chamber music competition in Iceland and the Dioraphte Gold Award at Amsterdam Fringe Festival and received numerous grants. Currently she is a part of the Danish Arts Council’s programme, ‘The Young Artistic Elite’ that supports young, Danish artists during the course of two years. During the summer of 2020 Lindemann is part of the residency programme at Open Stage, Godsbanen in Aarhus while developing the installation and concert programme ‘Between Strings’ commissioned by the quartet ‘Between Feathers’ based in Vienna. The concert will be premiered in 2021 with works by Kirstine Lindemann (composer), Scott Rubin (composer) and Christine Bonansea (choreographer). Autumn 2020 Kirstine will be composing and performing the music for the theater production ‘Robin Hood’ at Folketeateret in collaboration with Jullie Hjetland and Hans Find Møller. In 2021 Lindemann will be visiting China with her music theater show, ‘Sonata Land’ as well as Switzerland and Germany with the duo ‘OTHER EYE’ – a collaboration with composer-performer Yiran Zhao. At the moment she is preparing a new version of Further & Back for voice, to be performed by Neue Vocalsoisten. (A previous version of the work can be seen here. Kirstine's website is here.

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December 16, 2020

17:oo- 18:3o

Online Drama Studio

Sylvia Lane

(Dance and Telematics Researcher, Bath Spa University)

"Constructing Emotional Intelligence : Technologically Mediated Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Telematics Performance ”

"Emotional Intelligence" is new concept Sylvia now investigates in her research, replacing her earlier work processes seeking to locate and define emotional connection in telematics performance. This research has since brought various new perspectives to light- how we are altering our gaze by working with screens, changing cognitive approaches, reactions, relationships.These questions and several others related to mediated performance collaborations in real and virtual space will be discussed, alongside the concern with technology's impacts on future live and located performance practices.

Sylvia Lane is completing her PhD at Bath Spa University, and is HE Section Leader at University Centre Weston, Academy of Performing Arts, overseeing the BA Hons Degrees in Musical Theatre, Performing Arts and Dance For Commercial Performance. Her latest research projects include telematics performances with institutions in the USA, including Digital Dancing with Studio School in L.A. She received extensive training in musical theatre at the prestigious London Studio Centre under a full three-year scholarship awarded for outstanding achievements and talent. She has over 20 years’ experience on the professional stage as a singer, dancer and actor. Originally from Munich, Germany, her career began with the Munich National Opera where she worked with many famous international musical directors and choreographers. Further credits include Lead Dancer/Singer for Spirit of the Dance, which she performed for several years in the USA including the Las Vegas and Reno productions; tours of Australia and New Zealand; roles in A Chorus Line, Chicago, Starting Here, Starting Now, West Side Story, The American Dream, The Rake’s Progress as well as variety shows. .Recently she was awarded a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Learning in Higher Education from Bath Spa University and has also completed an advanced course in The Estill Voice Method course at the Royal Academy of Music in London. her website is here .

After meeting Johannes Birringer at a Telematics Workshop-Symposium in Bucharest, a dialogue on networked performance was planned to take place in the autumn of 2020. Johannes Birringer co-directs the Design and Performance Lab (DAP-Lab) with Michèle Danjoux, and is Professor of Performance Technologies at Brunel University London. in 1999, Birringer co-founded ADaPT (Association for Dance and Performance Telematics) and began to work in telematic performance for a number of years when such practices were only just begining to become more widespread (with the existence of the World Wide Web which replaced earlier 1980s/90s satellite video conferencing). After founding the DAP-Lab in 2004, some early work in Nottingham (NTU) also engaged multisite telematics. He collaborated with partners in the US, Japan, Brasil,and The Netherlands. DAP-Lab’s most recent dance installations, kimospheres III-VI (2016-2019) explore the convergence of physical-sensory and augmented VR spaces. The dance performance Mourning for a dead moon (December 2019) addresses the climate crisis. Birringer’s recent books include Performance, Technology & Science, Dance and ChoreoMania, Tanz der Dinge/Things that Dance, and a new book, Kinetic Atmospheres: Performance and Immersion (Routledge) that probes the implications of environmental immersion and mixed reality digital architectures.

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Wednesdays, 5pm - 6:30 pm, Online Drama Studio (Gaskell Building, Brunel University London)

January 27, 2021

to be announced

February 10, 2021

17:oo- 18:3o

Online Drama Studio


February 24, 2021

17:oo- 18:3o

Online Drama Studio

March 10, 2021

17:oo- 18:3o

Online Drama Studio


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April 28, 2021 14:oo – 21:oo (incl. evening performance)

Workshop-Symposium 1: Re-embodiment and Dis/abilities: Disability Tech

June 16, 2021 14:oo – 21:oo (incl. evening performance) Workshop-Symposium 2 Performance and the Repair of Public Space and Collective Ritual

Curated by Johannes Birringer

Organized with the Performance and Ephemeral Sustainabilities in Public Space Research Group

This interdisciplinary research group is committed to exploring new and emerging realities in performance arts and performance culture focusing on the primary physical investment of artists in embodied, sentient practices and interventions. Theatre, dance, radio, sound and digital projects, and new ritual work in urban and nature environments: our projects are social choreographies and activisms in the era of climate crisis and virological pandemics. At a time when there is good chance that many of our activities are moving online, and due to the economic pressures to continue in this direction, we are risking the possibility that the place and importance of our human bodies will be further minimised. The Covid-19 pandemic reminds us that the body and the social are inextricably linked. The group can aims to ensure that if these changes do occur, they will, at least, receive serious academic and scholarly attention. We also focus on how embodied professional practice and research enquiry can be fostered in such environments using remote technologies, for humanistic, empathetic research and practice to be achieved and non-verbal communication to be better understood in such circumstances. Members of the group are currently putting together a large grant proposal to address the socio-political/cultural implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the group are supervising and recruiting PhD students and publishing in these areas.

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For more information contact 01895 267 343
.........Admission free..........

Location: Artaud Performance Center, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH

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