[-empyre-] "(E)MOTION FREQUENCY deceleration" Week 4, introducing our guests

Johannes Birringer Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk
Tue Oct 25 00:45:42 EST 2011

please welcome to the discussion this week:

^ Sondra Fraleigh

(For more than 30 years, Sondra has been a leader in the study of movement and dance. She is professor emeritus of the State University of New York, College at Brockport, where she chaired the Department of Dance. Her innovative choreography based in somatics and inspired by butoh has been seen on tour in America, Germany, India, the UK, and Japan. She served as president of the Congress on Research in Dance, and as a Faculty Exchange Scholar for the State University of New York. Her articles have been published in texts on dance and movement, philosophy, somatics, and developmental psychology. She is the author of seven books: Land to Water Yoga (2009), BUOH: Metamorphic Dance and Global Alchemy (2010), Hijikata Tatsumi & Ohno Kazuo (2006), Dancing Identity: Metaphysics in Motion (2004), Dancing into Darkness: Butoh, Zen and Japan (1999), Researching Dance (1999), and Dance and the Lived Body (1987). She has also published many articles and book chapters, including "Freedom, Gravity, and Grace" in the Somatics Magazine/Journal of the Mind/Body Arts and Sciences, and she received the Outstanding Service to Dance Research Award from the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) in 2003. Sondra teaches international workshops through her Eastwest Somatics Institute, which certifies Somatic Movement Therapists through Yoga Alliance and ISMETA, www.ismeta.org. She lives in the beautiful red desert country of St. George Utah and is often a guest teacher of dance and somatic studies in the US and other countries. She believes that the living body of the earth and our human body are interwoven, and that healing the earth and ourselves will be the major work of the 21st century. For more on her current work see: www.eastwestsomatics.com)   

^ Sonja Leboš

(Sonja is a cultural anthropologist and hispanist (MA, University of Zagreb); she established the Association for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Research in 2002. Since then AIIR has been working in an intermediative field, connecting cultural theory and practice on different projects, creating various interdisciplinary research methods and building platforms for articulation of multilayered aesthetical, ethical, ecological and sociological issues. AIIR has been co-working with different societal organisations and diverse cultural forms. Within AIIR platforma Sonja Leboš has initiated many projects incl. (a) initiation, ideation and production of ‘Mnemosyne – Theatre of Memories. Phase I: Getting Together, series of encounters, microconferential formats, performances and workshops in Belgrade, Prague and Zagreb, 2010; (b) ‘Space of Identity, Space of Interaction, Space of Alteration’, publication, 2010; (c)  ‘Fedor Kritovac – Zagreb Flaneur’, publication, 2010, in cooperation with architectonic network ANALOG; (d)  ‘Semantics of Cities’ Retrodynamics’, research in  telematic performance and networking live-stream platforms, research and design in the field of new media 2009; in cooperation with Zvonimir Marčić,, ZEBRA, Zagreb; CYNETART Dresden; CIANT, Prague; HANGAR, Barcelona; AUROPOLIS, Beograd; (d) ‘Sajberkinematografija’ multimedia programme of projections in public spaces, telematic performance and networked live-stream platforms, curatorial work and research, research in new media field, 2009; (e)- ‘Body as a Site if Alteration – an insight into Croatian cinema’ – research in history of Croatian cinematography, theoretical work, curatorial work, 2007. Her interests are in the field of cultural studies, body-space relations, memory and identity studies, urban and visual anthropology, as well discourse analysis.)

^ Akram Khan

(Akram is a Professor in Experimental Particle Physics & e-Science at Brunel University, London. He is involved in the following research projects: He is a member of the CMS Collaboration at CERN (http://cms.web.cern.ch/), working on a detail analysis of the Top Quark analysis / / he is the group leader of the Brunel BaBar Experimental group at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre// he is a member of the GridPP Collaboration, working on distributed analysis, monitoring  and accounting systems. He is also a member of the Conform Collaboration, working on the EMMA and PAMELA project in developing a novel accelerator design for a Cancer therapy machine; He is also developing a novel in-vivo radiation dosimeter for Cancer therapy.)

^ Branden Hookway

(Branden Hookway holds a Ph.D. in architecture from Princeton University and an M.Arch. from Rice University, and he is a Visiting Asst. Professor in Architecture at Cornell University.  His research interests include the history and theory of architecture, design and art; cultural theory and philosophy; and the history and theory of science, technology, media, and information. His dissertation, Interface: A Genealogy of Mediation and Control, presents a theoretical framework for the interface as it defines both moments of separation and augmentation between human and machine, while tracing notions of the interface across a range of subject areas, from fluid dynamics and experimental psychology to philosophy and information science. Current work includes Cockpit, Test, Vertigo, a study of the airplane cockpit as a prototypical space of interactivity. He is author of Pandemonium: The Rise of Predatory Locales in the Postwar World, and his essays and editorial work have appeared in books and journals including Mutations, Cold War Hothouses, Log, AD, and DD (Design Document). He has taught at the Pratt Institute and Rice University and has worked in architecture and graphic design.)

Please welcome back 
^ Dee Reynolds (whom we missed last week)
(Dee is a Professor of French at the University of Manchester. From 2008-2011 she was director of ‘Watching Dance: Kinesthetic Empathy’, a research project funded by the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council), using qualitative research and neuroscience to investigate audience’s experiences of watching dance. Her work has appeared in many edited collections and journals, including Body and Society, Body, Space and Technology Journal, Dance Research, and Dance Research Journal. Her most recent book is Rhythmic Subjects: Uses of Energy in the Dances of Mary Wigman, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham (Dance Books, 2007), and she is co-editor with Matthew Reason of Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices (Intellect, forthcoming), and with Corinne Jola and Frank Pollick of Dance Research Electronic, 'Dance and Neuroscience - New Partnerships' (Special Issue of Dance Research 29.2, Winter 2011, forthcoming).)

And forgive David and Michael if they may not be posting as they told me they may need to be silent  [this is only an apparent paradox]

^ David Hughes

(David is a multimedia artist and writer  (http://www.dhbricolage.net/), who initially trained for the theatre and worked as actor and director for some years. Most of his writing has been in the context of newspaper and magazin journalism, arts criticism, scholarship and academic management, but he has also published creative writings (and artworks) on his website/blog. For a number of years he was co-founder/editor of Hybrid Magazine and founder/editor of Live Art Magazine and liveartmagazine online. He currently resides in Ireland.)

^ Michael Bell

(Michael is an architect and Professor of Architecture at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Bell is the founding Chair of the Columbia Conference on Architecture, Engineering and Materials; a GSAPP collaboration with The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK), University of Stuttgart, Germany.
At Columbia Michael directs the Master of Architecture Program Core Design Studios and also has led of the school's Housing Design Studios since 2000. He also teaches a course on Public Housing. His books include Post Ductility: Metals in Architecture and Engineering (2011); Solid States: Concrete in Transition (2009); Engineered Transparency: The Technical, Visual, and Spatial Effects of Glass (2008); 16 Houses: Designing the Public's Private House (2004); Michael Bell: Space Replaces Us: Essays and Projects on the City (2004) and Slow Space (1998).
He also collaborates in the design firm Visible Weather with Eunjeong Seon.)

with regards
Johannes Birringer

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