23 January 2012

 

PAL announces Four Movement & Meaning Lab bursaries

PAL is delighted to announce the winners of our research and development bursaries as part of The Movement and Meaning Lab. This laboratory is an on-going experimental research process begun in February 2011 by Gill Clarke MBE, the pioneering dancer, movement specialist and teacher who inspired a generation of intelligent contemporary dance artists. Gill started her enquiry, in partnership with PAL, to examine the relationship between Movement and Meaning with a group of dance practitioners, artists, scientists, philosophers, psychologists, social anthropologists and others interested in ‘embodied practice’. She continued to work with us to extend our exploration beyond the world of dance until the day before she died on 15 November 2011, at the age of 56, after a long struggle with cancer.

The bursaries of £2,500 each are towards exploratory research (rather than finished works) offering support for four trans-disciplinary creative teams to develop the first stage or pilot for testing new ideas for future development. Each collaborative team includes at least one dance artist.

We were overwhelmed by the quality and integrity of thought in the applications that we received and are thrilled that we are able to offer two more bursaries than originally planned thanks to the generosity of Gill Clarke’s estate.

The four bursaries have been awarded to:

Kate Genevieve and Genevieve Maxwell – Genevieve is a Dance/Movement artist and Choreographer, with a practice rooted in Anthropology and Somatics. Kate is an Audio Visual Artist and researcher whose work focuses on immersive performance experiences. Genevieve and Kate both fell and broke their spines some years ago, an experience which led both of them to an ‘out of body experience’ during the fall, encouraging a line of enquiry into where and how movement can be felt. The rituals experienced in attempting to heal from this experience contrasted greatly, from Kate’s lucid dreaming rituals on Ayahuasca in the Amazon, to Genevieve’s alienating NHS experience and subsequent disability, wielding different results. They will be working in collaboration with the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, including a series of meetings with Neuroscientist Dr Anil Seth (Co-Director) structured around his research into the neurocognitive mechanisms of conscious presence. Their research will focus on the phenomenal possibilities of immersive and body responsive technology, to build firm foundations for further artistic development as well as an opportunity to for a public showing.

Carolyn Deby – is a choreographer who will be working with UCL Urban Laboratory (Director 2005-11) Prof Matthew Gandy, Urban Geographer; Prof Ben Campkin, Director, UCL Urban Laboratory / Lecturer in Architectural History & Theory; Alexandra Baybutt — freelance performer, choreographer, facilitator, analyst, writer and collaborator and Pia Nordin — freelance dancer, teacher, and sirenscrossing performer/collaborator. Carolyn writes…“I am interested in the collision between the built environment of cities and the forces of the natural world. It seems to me that the human body is itself the repository and the meeting point for all the conflicts, dreams and fragments that are generated on the border between concrete and green. I am most interested in the places where the city cracks open, or is forgotten: the places where decay and dereliction open up the possibility of seeing the city in an altered light.” C Deby

Adam James – is a visual artist and Royal College of Art graduate who will be working with movement practitioners Andrew Graham and Paola Di Bella, with David Gothard as their Mentor. Their enquiry proposes a collaboration between movement practitioners and visual artist in which body-based movement is used as a tool for questioning the paradoxical relationship between the artist’s role as spectator, and the notional ‘outsider’ lurking within society. In a series of compositions exploring oppositions and equivalents referred to in Jaques Ranciere’s ‘The Emancipated Spectator’, Adam will investigate the equivalence of theatre and community, seeing and passivity, externality and separation, mediation and simulacrum; oppositions between collective and individual, image and living reality, activity and passivity, self possession and alienation.

Frank Bock – is a performance maker, dance artist and psychotherapist who will be collaborating with Astrid Shillings, a clinical psychologist/ whole body focusing teacher from Cologne. They will explore the concept of body laid out in Eugene Gendlin’s ‘ A Process Model’ (1997), a philosophical text which sets out to describe interaction as being first before there is anything else. Gendlin’s conception of the living body is interaction. Implications of this work are being discussed across science and arts and this text is an early precursor to these new paradigms of thinking.

PAL Chair, Roanne Dods, is working closely with PAL’s Founder Artistic Director, Susan Benn, to oversee these pieces of research and to continue the further development of the Movement and Meaning enquiry.

All the bursary winners will be presenting their work-in-progress as a part of a 2 day symposium at the Siobhan Davies Studios to be held later in 2012.

More information about this gathering will be published in due course. For further information please contact Susan Benn at  office@pallabs.org

 

23 January 2012

 

PAL announces Four Movement & Meaning Lab bursaries

PAL is delighted to announce the winners of our research and development bursaries as part of The Movement and Meaning Lab. This laboratory is an on-going experimental research process begun in February 2011 by Gill Clarke MBE, the pioneering dancer, movement specialist and teacher who inspired a generation of intelligent contemporary dance artists. Gill started her enquiry, in partnership with PAL, to examine the relationship between Movement and Meaning with a group of dance practitioners, artists, scientists, philosophers, psychologists, social anthropologists and others interested in ‘embodied practice’. She continued to work with us to extend our exploration beyond the world of dance until the day before she died on 15 November 2011, at the age of 56, after a long struggle with cancer.

The bursaries of £2,500 each are towards exploratory research (rather than finished works) offering support for four trans-disciplinary creative teams to develop the first stage or pilot for testing new ideas for future development. Each collaborative team includes at least one dance artist.

We were overwhelmed by the quality and integrity of thought in the applications that we received and are thrilled that we are able to offer two more bursaries than originally planned thanks to the generosity of Gill Clarke’s estate.

The four bursaries have been awarded to:

Kate Genevieve and Genevieve Maxwell – Genevieve is a Dance/Movement artist and Choreographer, with a practice rooted in Anthropology and Somatics. Kate is an Audio Visual Artist and researcher whose work focuses on immersive performance experiences. Genevieve and Kate both fell and broke their spines some years ago, an experience which led both of them to an ‘out of body experience’ during the fall, encouraging a line of enquiry into where and how movement can be felt. The rituals experienced in attempting to heal from this experience contrasted greatly, from Kate’s lucid dreaming rituals on Ayahuasca in the Amazon, to Genevieve’s alienating NHS experience and subsequent disability, wielding different results. They will be working in collaboration with the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, including a series of meetings with Neuroscientist Dr Anil Seth (Co-Director) structured around his research into the neurocognitive mechanisms of conscious presence. Their research will focus on the phenomenal possibilities of immersive and body responsive technology, to build firm foundations for further artistic development as well as an opportunity to for a public showing.

Carolyn Deby – is a choreographer who will be working with UCL Urban Laboratory (Director 2005-11) Prof Matthew Gandy, Urban Geographer; Prof Ben Campkin, Director, UCL Urban Laboratory / Lecturer in Architectural History & Theory; Alexandra Baybutt — freelance performer, choreographer, facilitator, analyst, writer and collaborator and Pia Nordin — freelance dancer, teacher, and sirenscrossing performer/collaborator. Carolyn writes…“I am interested in the collision between the built environment of cities and the forces of the natural world. It seems to me that the human body is itself the repository and the meeting point for all the conflicts, dreams and fragments that are generated on the border between concrete and green. I am most interested in the places where the city cracks open, or is forgotten: the places where decay and dereliction open up the possibility of seeing the city in an altered light.” C Deby

Adam James – is a visual artist and Royal College of Art graduate who will be working with movement practitioners Andrew Graham and Paola Di Bella, with David Gothard as their Mentor. Their enquiry proposes a collaboration between movement practitioners and visual artist in which body-based movement is used as a tool for questioning the paradoxical relationship between the artist’s role as spectator, and the notional ‘outsider’ lurking within society. In a series of compositions exploring oppositions and equivalents referred to in Jaques Ranciere’s ‘The Emancipated Spectator’, Adam will investigate the equivalence of theatre and community, seeing and passivity, externality and separation, mediation and simulacrum; oppositions between collective and individual, image and living reality, activity and passivity, self possession and alienation.

Frank Bock – is a performance maker, dance artist and psychotherapist who will be collaborating with Astrid Shillings, a clinical psychologist/ whole body focusing teacher from Cologne. They will explore the concept of body laid out in Eugene Gendlin’s ‘ A Process Model’ (1997), a philosophical text which sets out to describe interaction as being first before there is anything else. Gendlin’s conception of the living body is interaction. Implications of this work are being discussed across science and arts and this text is an early precursor to these new paradigms of thinking.

PAL Chair, Roanne Dods, is working closely with PAL’s Founder Artistic Director, Susan Benn, to oversee these pieces of research and to continue the further development of the Movement and Meaning enquiry.

All the bursary winners will be presenting their work-in-progress as a part of a 2 day symposium at the Siobhan Davies Studios to be held later in 2012.

More information about this gathering will be published in due course. For further information please contact Susan Benn at  office@pallabs.org