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THE PERFORMING OF THE SELF: AESTHETIC INDIVIDUALISM

Bojana Cvejić lecture

Where: The Reading Room, Fitzroy Town Hall
Date: 2 March
Time: 6pm
Price: FREE (bookings essential) BOOK NOW

"Searching for the ways in which one performs oneself in current capitalist society, we repeatedly stumble upon art. The individual that is found in the figure of the artist; the value of autonomy sourced from the unique person and her life; the performative techniques of self-fashioning, self-expression, embodiment and sensorial/affective experience; the artistic-like intensity of experience — all these elements gesture toward the historical authority that the arts, and lately dance in particular, wield in aesthetic matters of self-understanding. Add to that new digital technologies and social media platforms, through which subjects produce their self-image and shape their lives via aesthetic expression. The predictions of the late 1960s to early 1970s that 'everyone is an artist' and that 'in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes', have crystallized. This talk will focus on 'aesthetic individualism', the term I am developing in my research carried out with Ana Vujanović and Marta Popivoda, which draws on truth games and bodily techniques from dance and performance, to examine modes of subjectivation in an experience economy." - Bojana Cvejić

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Bojana Cvejić's work spans philosophy, theater and performance education. She is author of several books in performance theory and philosophy (Choreographing Problems, Palgrave 2015, Public Sphere by Performance, with A. Vujanović, books 2012 etc. Drumming&Rain: A Choreographer's Score (co-authored with A. T. De Keersmaeker, Mercatorfonds 2013.). She has collaborated as a dramaturg in a number of choreographies by X. Le Roy, Eszter Salamon, Mette Ingvartsen, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, C. De Smedt). As a co-founding member of TkH/Walking Theory editorial collective and performing arts theory magazine (2000-2017), Cvejić has engaged in theoretical-artistic research projects, currently an investigation of performances of the self and transindividuality together with Ana Vujanović and Marta Popivoda. In 2013, Cvejić curated the exhibition Danse-Guerre at Musée de la danse, Rennes. In 2014, she devised a choreography and lecture program titled Spatial Confessions for Tate Modern's Turbine Hall. Cvejić is Associated Professor of Dance and Dance Theory in KHIO Oslo and Professor of Philosophy of Art at FMK, Singidunum University in Belgrade. 

Bojana Cvejic was a jury member for the Keir Choreographic Award in 2016.

 

ON SCORES FOR THE DEAD & THE POLITICS OF DANCING

Ishmael Houston-Jones in dialogue with Phillip Adams

Where: Temperance Hall, 199 Napier St, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Date: 
4 March
Time: 2-3:30pm
Price: FREE (bookings essential) BOOK NOW

Ishmael Houston-Jones's artistic practice, his curation and his teaching are inseparable from his activism. He makes provocative work that has examined and memorialised the impact of AIDS on numerous communities as well as work that fiercely supports queer artists and/or artists of colour.

In this conversation with long-time Melbourne friend Philip Adams, they will be talking AIDS, loss, scores for the dead, the context of politics, the politics of dancing and potential prologues for the end of everything.

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Ishmael Houston-Jones is a choreographer, author, performer, teacher, and curator. His improvised dance and text work has been performed in New York City, across the US, and in Europe, Canada, Australia, and Latin America. Houston-Jones and Fred Holland shared a Bessie Award for their piece Cowboys, Dreams and Ladders. He also revived THEM, his 1985 collaboration with writer Dennis Cooper and composer Chris Cochrane for which he was awarded his second Bessie Award. He has curated Platform 2012: Parallels and Platform 2016: Lost and Found, both at Danspace Project. He is a recipient of the 2016 Herb Alpert, a 2015 Doris Duke Impact and a 2013 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Artists Awards.

Ishmael Houston-Jones is a 2018 KCA Jury member.

 

 

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The Keir Choreographic Award Dancehouse Public Program is presented by Dancehouse in partnership with Faculty of the VCA and MCM | University of Melbourne, Abbotsford Convent, Lucy Guerin Inc., BalletLab and Temperance Hall, City of Yarra, Critical Path, Goethe Institut Australia.

Dancehouse would like to warmly thank the Keir Foundation for making this public program possible.