Performance philosopher Laura Cull and Fevered Sleep’s artistic director David Harradine reflect on their joint project Sheep Pig Goat, teasing out themes such as Laruelle’s non-philosophy (the proposition that philosophy can be done as well as read) and interspecies improvisation. They discuss how opening a research and performance space to both humans and animals created shifts in perspective for all concerned.
This talk was part of Crossing Borders 2017 and was presented in partnership with London Contemporary Dance School.
David Harradine is co-artistic director of Fevered Sleep, making performance, film, installation, books and digital art. Fevered Sleep’s practice is research led, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary. It appears in very diverse places, from theatres, galleries and cinemas, to beaches, parks, schools and the spaces of everyday life: in people’s homes, on phones, online. It’s created collaborativel,y with artists, scientists, academics, children, professionals and non-professionals, who enter the work as research partners, co-creators, performers, thinkers, writers and participants.
This practice – which is concerned with making thoughtful, complex, empathetic, political art – explores a number of recurring themes: the connections between the human and more-than-human worlds, and how deeply identity develops in relation to place; intergenerational relationships and the life course, from childhood to death; and science/scientific phenomena (with subjects as diverse as the theory of biophilia, particle physics and X-ray crystallography).
David is also Professor of Interdisciplinary Practice at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca is Head of the Department of Theatre & Dance and Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies at the University of Surrey.
She is author of ‘Theatres of Immanence: Deleuze and the Ethics of Performance’ (2012); editor of ‘Deleuze and Performance’ (2009) and co-editor of ‘Encounters in Performance Philosophy’ (2014) with Alice Lagaay and ‘Manifesto Now! Instructions for Performance, Philosophy, Politics’ (2013) with Will Daddario.
She is a founding convener of the professional association, Performance Philosophy (http://www.performancephilosophy.org); joint series editor of the Performance Philosophy book series with Palgrave Macmillan and joint editor of the Performance Philosophy journal launched in 2015.