‘Choreo-graphic figures: deviations from a line’ is an interdisciplinary research project developing shared practices for making the notions of ‘thinking-in-action’ and ‘thinking-feeling-knowing’ tangible within a collaborative artistic-epistemological process. Central to the enquiry is the development of a system of notation (choreo–graphic figures) for sharing an often hidden aspect of the creative process. Namely, Nikolaus, Emma and Mariella ask: how can we develop systems of notation for identifying, marking and communicating the barely perceptible micro-movements at the cusp of awareness? How can we communicate the instability and mutability of the flows and forces especially within artistic practice, without ‘fixing’ that which is inherently dynamic and contingent as a literal sign?
This talk was part of Crossing Borders 2017 and was presented in partnership with London Contemporary Dance School. The talk also includes limited short segments of almost Foley-like sound which seem to be part of the presentation and which we have left as-is.
Nikolaus Gansterer is a lecturer, at the Institute for Transmedia Art, and guest professor at the Zentrum Fokus Forschung, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria. Deeply interested in the links between drawing, thinking and action.
Emma Cocker is reader in fine art, Nottingham Trent University: her research enquiry focuses on the process of artistic endeavour, alongside models of (art) practice and subjectivity that resist a single, stable position by remaining wilfully unresolved.
Mariella Greil lectures internationally, is part of the artists’ initiative Sweet&Tender Collaborations, and previously was associate researcher of Performance Matters, London, and Senior Editor of the e-journal activate. Interested in expanded notions of the choreographic, diagrammatic forms of situations and the ethics of togetherness.
Adapted from bios written in 2017