August 23, 2018

"Corporeality": performative symposium on practicing empathy and embodiment

Museum Folkwang

Volmir Cordeiro, Street. Photo: Marc Domage.

As an experimental conference format, "Corporeality" will combine various sessions, including discussion groups, lectures and performances on the subject: How can we understand the body, and how embody the mind?

The distinct modules of "Corporeality" aim to appreciate and make tangible the role of the body as the predominant agency organizing human experience. In this context, notions of Embodied Cognition and Enactivism, as well as of Systems Theory will come into play. In all of this, a special focus is placed on the notion of compassion as an embodied practice. In the field of contemporary dance it has become common to speak of the primacy of the body, embodied practices, openness and trans-individuality. But what does this mean in relation to creative processes? Which effect does it have on the way in which we approach and understand dance? The performative three-day symposium hopes to sketch and test out an interdisciplinary involvement with audience appeal in relation to active research and artistic analysis devoted to the leading questions in contemporary dance.

Experts from the fields of neurology, psychology, art history, visual studies, philosophy as well as sociology will be conducting the lectures and discussion groups; the choreographers Alice Chauchat, Aimar Pérez Galí, Volmir Cordeiro and the artist and art scholar Ayesha Hameed will provide the performative context that will open up and widen the discussions and lectures. The interdisciplinary approach taken in this concise form aims at lastingly fostering exchange between the artistic and scientific field.

Conference program. Conference language: German / English. Attendance free. Limited number of participants

Registration: until September 12, 2018 at symposium [​at​]
Further information.

Supported by Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, IKF Individuelle KünstlerInnen Förderung, ecce – european centre for creative economy and Allbau-Foundation

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