In this talk, choreographer Nik Haffner reflects on collaborations and the idea of shared knowledge as shared material, and how the dissemination of knowledge and feeding ideas into networks can be seen as an artistic practice. Illustrating his wide range of influences he shares video sources from Elvis Presley to Microsoft to filmmaker David Hinton.
This talk was presented in partnership with London Contemporary Dance School and Dance Umbrella.
Works referenced in the talk:
Film 1: Elvis Presley – Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Film 2: Steve Ballmer Microsoft
Film 3: Peleshyan – unknown
Film 4: Peleshyan: Inhabitants
Film 5: Michael Powell – Peeping Tom (trailer)
Film 6: Forced Entertainment: Paradise
Nik Haffner studied dance at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne, Nik and became a dancer with William Forsythe/Ballet Frankfurt from 1994 until 2000. Now a freelance dancer and choreographer, he is making work for stage, film and exhibition. Since the contribution to the CD-ROM Improvisation Technologies, he has been artist in residence regularly at ZKM, Centre for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe, where he collaborated with artists of both visual and acoustic media.
Adapted from bios published in 2009