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Performance Research Seminar:
Wednesday 7 December 2016,      4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Drama Studio, Gaskell Bldg, Brunel University London, Cleveland Rd


Fabrizio Manco  (Roehampton University):
     
“Ear Bodies:  Acoustic Ecologies in Site-Contingent Performance”



This presentation, based on Manco’s recently completed PhD thesis, delves into 
a philosophy and a performance practice of the ear. It is a theoretical 
reflection as well as a discussion on his hearing/listening and performance 
practice, research and workshops. Here is where sound and the body move and 
perform by relating to the constantly changing acoustic environment. It is an 
enquiry into and a corporeal experience of sound as the ear body, a bodied 
experience of sound and listening where the whole body becomes an ear. 

This is explored through his experience of chronic tinnitus, a criticism of 
over-determined technology and through a discussion on the trance-dance therapy 
of Tarantism. With a focus on environmental awareness, the research encompasses 
an ecophenomenological investigation in Manco’s theory of site contingency, 
where he connects his ecophenomenological approach to contingency – contingency 
intended as a necessary experience of the world – and to acoustic ecology. 

Fabrizio Manco is an artist, scholar and visiting lecturer at the University of 
Portsmouth and University of Roehampton. He obtained his PhD from the 
University of Roehampton, entitled Ear Bodies: Acoustic Folds and Ecologies in 
Site-specific Performance.  His research applies acoustic ecology, drawing and 
ecophenomenology to what he calls site contingent performance, exploring and 
engaging 'bodiment', perception and experience of the auditory in 
choreographic, kinaesthetic, spatial and visual forms.  Past projects include 
[STATES OF]TRANCEformation (2005) on Tarantism at      Chisenhale Dance Space 
and Ringing Forest (2005), a sci-art project on tinnitus at      the Ear 
Institute (Wellcome Trust award), Building:Sound (2010) a collaboration with  
Finer (AHRC Beyond Text initiative).

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