To move and think with things is to become responsive both to the qualities of those things and to their capacities to move and be moved in different ways. In this talk, Derek McCormack uses the shape of a simple device – the balloon – as a kind of enabling constraint for thinking in movement. The talk revolves around a series of stories of the circumstantial excursions of the balloon as it becomes and does atmospheric things in a range of contexts.
Independent Dance’s series of WHAT festivals was initiated by co-director Gill Clarke in 2009. It is a platform for invited artist-curators to ask questions of dance, and through dance.
In April this year, as what_now 2014, the festival re-imagined itself as a public residency. Taking as its starting point the suggestion that artists need to construct new conditions for the realisation of community. Four invited guest speakers added their particular discourse. It was a festival of processes and activities, and addressed new forms of social organisation and production.
Four public talks addressed the thinking body and its potential in and for movement. The speakers were invited to talk about how attention operates, and how we direct ourselves and our thinking as full-blooded humans. Each speaker came to this discourse with a different approach, including philosophy, human geography, education and performance. Please click on the links below to watch each talk.