Call for Papers, Panels, Posters, Artists Talks, Lecture Demonstrations,
Performances, Artworks, and Participation in the 2018 annual symposium of the 
Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung,

October 5-7, 2018, in Karlsruhe, Germany.


Tanz der Dinge / Things that dance

http://www.gtf-tanzforschung.de

The current wave of new materialisms has brought attention to things that move 
or are moved, “vibrant matter,” objects, physical phenomena, machinic or 
animated agents and assemblages, the labor of apparatuses and intra-actions 
between human and nonhuman forces – passages in the “political ecology of 
experience” that link new dance philosophies (Erin Manning/Brian Massumi’s 
Thought in the Act) with choreographic, theatrical, sonic and media 
installation practices, and recurrent interests in hybrid material performance 
and puppetry with political theories (Jane Bennett’s Vibrant Matter: A 
Political Ecology of Things), ethnographic and social science studies, as well 
as postcolonial and critical race theories (on the materiality of liquid 
blackness, for example, and historically specific and located sensorial 
experience and affect).

Materiality and myth in dance are subject to a shift in meaning which 
privileges "epistemic things" (Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Experimentalsysteme und 
epistemische Dinge, 2006): before the object is charged with meaning, the inner 
dynamics of matter defines a new focal point for performance aesthetics. Object 
oriented, immanent philosophies of art and performance are part of this 
pressing concern with materials, plasticities, the lives and deaths of entities 
formerly known as passive objects, inanimate things, inert matter.  The 
synthesis of sound, rhythm, movement and materiality  returns us to a 
conception of choreography that recover collective, symbiotic creativity of 
ritual dances.

Along with the traditional morphology of objects to dance and musical 
instruments
the examination of danced things and choreographic / musical repurposed objects 
moves on to factors of artificial intelligence and sensor technologies in 
current dance aesthetics. Contemporary questions about the agency of objects 
and the forces of materialization have increasingly blurred the borders 
modernity had erected between the animate and the inanimate.

Reviewing current dance research and publications intensifies the impression of 
a vibrant neomaterial / epistemic turn, a “call of things” in dance which in 
turn calls for critical  reflection. The symposium addresses vibrant matter and 
lively materials, reconfigurations of human and inhuman forces, social 
choreographies and choreographjc objects, animatedness and the agencies of 
assemblages as a means of thinking about performance experiences and movement 
potentials across a range of interdisciplinary practices and theoretical 
discourses.

Deadline of submission: 15 March 2018. Please send original proposals 
(abstracts, 500 words max, please include a short CV) to the curators:
Prof. Johannes Birringer &
Dr. Josephine Fenger.
Contact: johannes.birrin...@brunel.ac.uk  /
josephinefen...@googlemail.com.


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