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Artificial Facts : a research lab with Philippe Blanchard

Image: Philippe Blanchard
Image: Philippe Blanchard

Internationally-renowned artist Philippe Blanchard leads a workshop combining movement practices with questions about spectatorship and the gaze when using technology.

It takes place in the run-up to the new Kinesthesia Moving Image Festival; all lab participants will be offered a festival pass to attend in person or online.

This workshop will involve movement explorations, connecting to skeletal structures and bodily systems, playful seeing and witnessing, and using the technology as a tool to question somatic meaning-making.

Using the camera and projector as mediating tools, this research raises questions about the view that one places on others and subtly questions viewers’ rights and obligations to act and react.

“I consider this approach as a research laboratory around a practice, where our questions are summarised in the role of the viewer and the democracy between the viewer and the performer. What are the responsibilities of each? Does the artist have much more power than their audience? Can we accept as a viewer to be a witness, a voyeur, an observer attending an anticipated event or occasionally accept to play a role that is more debatable and controversial? What role does an artist offer to an audience?” Philippe Blanchard

This Research Space is intended for people with broad movement experience who are interested in research and spectatorship.

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