Choreographic Objects: traces and artifacts of physical intelligence
Principle and Co-Investigators:
James Leach (Principle Investigator and Award Holder)
Department of Anthropology, School of Social Science, University of Aberdeen
Sarah Whatley (Co-Investigator)
ceMAP, Coventry University
Scott deLahunta (Research Fellow)
ARTI, Amasterdam School for the Arts, NL
Art Research, Theory and Innovation group, Amsterdam School for the Arts, NL
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance
Intel, People and Practices Research
Choreographic objects: traces and artefacts of physical intelligence is the title and focus of a series of three workshops centring on the output of four research teams working in collaboration with the choreographers William Forsythe, Siobhan Davies, Wayne McGregor and Emio Greco PC. These teams work to bring choreographic ideas and processes into newly productive exchanges with both general audiences and other specialist knowledge areas. The variety of resources they are creating to mediate this exchange constitute the choreographic objects that the workshops will focus on and include interactive scores and installations, choreographic software agents and digital dance archives.
The three workshops will bring these choreographic initiatives together in the same investigative context for the first time to engage theories of knowledge production and knowledge transfer with established social science researchers James Leach, Tim Ingold and Matt Ratto. Drawing on their expertise in how knowledge comes to be embodied in transactable forms (objects) and how these objects participate in the creation of further cultural value, Leach, Ingold and Ratto will work with dance researchers Sarah Whatley and Scott deLahunta in a close dialogue with the choreographers and/ or members of their research teams with the aim of both understanding and adding to the choreographers’ research processes.
The workshops fit the Beyond Text themes of Making and Unmaking and Mediations as the research involves the documentation, analysis and representation of various aspects of dance making through emphasizing emerging, non-textual forms of notation, scoring and description. The ideas emerging from the first two workshops, on making and dissemination, will be brought into play in the third workshop on the constitution of future choreographic objects. The workshops thus have a forward-looking orientation, laying the foundations for longer-term collaborative research and object-making in various media.