technē Conflux: 'How Like A Leaf', 'Performing' Roundtable
13th Sep 2019 12:00pm-4:00pm
This workshop is offered as part of atechnē Conflux,an
extended training, development, exhibition or performance programme
which aims to enhance research or intellectual skills, or facilitate the
sharing of expertise amongst doctoral students in the arts and
It is recommended that students who attend this roundtable also attend the linked Estuary Workshop on 18th September.
Location: Royal Holloway, 11 Bedford Square, London
In this strand of the Conflux we will consider how better
knowledge of the ever changing environment of an estuarine landscape can
stimulate innovative thinking on the need for adaptability. The roundtable
offers an opportunity to discuss what we can learn from close observation of
the ebb and flow of an estuary with its complex ecology.
The focus will be on the Thames Estuary and we welcome Ben Eastop who is currently ‘working
on a long-term enquiry into the social and political significance of the
landscape and place mediated through art’ (see biography). With extensive
knowledge of the Thames, he hosted artist and writer Rachel Lichtenstein on his
studio barge on a river voyage that contributed significantly to her study of
the area (see Lischtenstein, R..(2017) Estuary: Out from London to the Sea. UK.
Penguin Random House.)
The special attributes of an estuary can also act as
metaphors for addressing the importance of an ecological approach to art-making.
We welcome Victoria Hunter from the
University of Chichester, who, as an established site-based performing artist,
continues to practice and research the value of improvisation as it occurs both
in everyday life and in performance and other artistic practices. She has
written extensively on site specific dance and is currently working on a
monograph – ‘Site, Dance and Body: Movement, Materials and Corporeal Engagement’
that explores human-environment synergies through material intra-actions.
This roundtable asks how the daily flux of the estuary challenges
us to reconsider concepts and actualities of human/environment relationships.
TECHNE participants will have opportunities to contribute to discussion from
their specialist research terrain.
Ben Eastop is an independent art
producer, artist and consultant specialising in commissioning and curating
contemporary art beyond the art institution, working collaboratively with
artists and others in the UK and internationally.
Through collaborative projects and his own practice he is working on a
long-term enquiry into the social and political significance of the landscape
and place mediated through art. He set up Difference Exchange (DE) with Tim
Eastop and John Hartley, which seeks to creatively challenge orthodoxy to
generate new understandings through art (www.differenceexchange.com).
DE worked with King's College London on
Colm Cille's Spiral: six contemporary art and literature commissions across the
UK and Ireland for Derry / Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013.
Ben has extensive experience of
commissioning art in the public realm that engages with academia, science, and
health. He is also a part-time Regeneration Manager for arts and education
charity ACAVA, developing studios for artists and creative practitioners.
Her research is practice-based, productions include Beneath
(2004) situated in the basement of the Bretton Hall mansion building, The
Library Dances (2006) situated in the Leeds Central Library building, Project 3
(2007), a durational dance installation work and x3 (2010) a site-specific
dance film, Bodies and Beaches for West Wittering beach on the South coast of
England in June 2013.
Vicky's writing on site-dance has been published in
Literary Geographies, New Theatre Quarterly, Performance Research,
Choreographic Practices and Contemporary Theatre Review. Her edited volume
Moving Sites: Investigating Site-Specific Dance Performance was published by
Routledge in 2015 and she is co-author of (Re) Positioning Site-Dance
(Intellect 2019) with Melanie Kloetzel (Canada) and Karen Barbour (New
Zealand). Her forthcoming monograph publication Site, Dance and Body:Movement,
Materials and Corporeal Engagement explores human-environment synergies through
material intra-actions and is due for publication with Palgrave in early 2020.