[-empyre-] divisibility and failure/exhausting movement/toward stillness?

Ricardo Dominguez rrdominguez at ucsd.edu
Wed May 6 01:23:04 EST 2009

Hola all,

I thought that "Exhausting Dance: Performance and the Politics of Movement"
by Andre Lepecki" would read or fit nicely into this phase of movement at
the point of
stillness (the almost failure of movement), or the very start of type of
bursts of the "aesthetics of failure" as a potential performance matrix -
that moves between the "failures of politics" as affect and "clean techno"
gesture of effect. The most radical gesture to seek hyper-stillness between
the gaps of affect and effect - without falling into/or being exhausted by
by both.


+++about the Lepecki book+++

The only scholarly book in English dedicated to recent European
contemporary dance, Exhausting Dance: Performance and the Politics of
Movement examines the work of key contemporary choreographers who have
transformed the dance scene since the early 1990s in Europe and the US.

Through their vivid and explicit dialogue with performance art, visual
arts and critical theory from the past thirty years, this new generation
of choreographers challenge our understanding of dance by exhausting the
concept of movement. Their work demands to be read as performed extensions
of the radical politics implied in performance art, in post-structuralist
and critical theory, in post-colonial theory, and in critical race
In this far-ranging and exceptional study, Andre Lepecki brilliantly
analyzes the work of the choreographers:
* Jerome Bel (France)
* Juan Dominguez (Spain)
* Trisha Brown (US)
* La Ribot (Spain)
* Xavier Le Roy (France-Germany)
* Vera Mantero (Portugal)
and visual and performance artists:
* Bruce Nauman (US)
* William Pope.L (US).
This book offers a significant and radical revision of the way we think
about dance, arguing for the necessity of a renewed engagement between
dance studies and experimental artistic and philosophical practices.

> Thanks for such informative and stimulating posts, Stamatia and
> Ashley.  You've provided us with a fantastic opening for this month
> on "Critical Motion Practice."
> Your differing emphases on "divisibility" and the choroegraphic
> embrace of technological failure brings to mind the precedent in
> sound art of the 'aesthetics of failure' through which crashes, bugs,
> viruses, distortion and even machinic noise comprise the 'material'
> of composition and sound performance.   What I gather from both of
> you, moreover, is that you relate your interest in the gap or glitch
> not merely to the wonders of digital technology but to the
> technologies of the body and its representation.  I'm looking forward
> to hearing more, and to thinking about how such 'failure' figures as
> 'affect.'
> Best,
> Tim
> --
> Timothy Murray
> Director, Society for the Humanities
> http://www.arts.cornell.edu/sochum/
> Curator, The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell Library
> http://goldsen.library.cornell.edu
> Professor of Comparative Literature and English
> A. D. White House
> Cornell University
> Ithaca, New York 14853
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Ricardo Dominguez
Associate Professor
Hellman Fellow

Visual Arts Department, UCSD
Principal Investigator, CALIT2
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