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Choreographic Devices
Institute of Contemporary Arts

Choreography is no longer simply the art of making dances: instead, complex models of ‘the choreographic’ are increasingly tasked to investigate and animate the intersecting spatial, corporeal, affective and informational dimensions of being entangled with the world. Reflecting and building on this expansion, the symposium Choreographic Devices extends an invitation to activate the choreographic as a methodology, or device, for trans-disciplinary rehearsal and speculation, as a form of inquiry, and a mode of doing research.

What kind of choreographic arrangements can we compose to put diverse thinkers and practitioners in relation to one another? What kinds of time spaces can be plotted, imagined and enacted, when the symposium itself is choreographed and takes shape as a sequence of sessions, each brought to life by a different host? Through contributions and interventions by over 30 international protagonists from across an expanded ecology of practices, this multi-format symposium speculates on the affordances of choreographic (re-)arrangements and their complex forms of co-production, and tests how organisational formats, material assemblages, and modes of being alongside each other, might be choreographed otherwise.

Choreographic Devices assembles contributors operating across multiple disciplinary boundaries, including Murat Adash (artist), Edwina Ashton (artist), Monika Blaszczak (choreographer), Ofri Cnaani (artist), Augusto Corrieri (artist, researcher), Critical Interruptions (Diana Damian Martin + Bojana Janković) (artist), Bojana Cvejic (writer), Cécile B. Evans (artist), Alix Eynaudi (artist), Lou Forster (art historian, curator), Orit Gat (writer), Martin Hargreaves (dramaturg, writer, performer), Vlatka Horvat (artist), Helen Juffs and Joanne Tremarco (End of Life Doulas), Lenio Kaklea (choreographer, dancer, writer), Benoît Lachambre (choreographer), Han-Gyeol Lie (musician), Raimundas Malašauskas (silk painter), Tavi Meraud (artist), Zoë Mendelson (artist), Harun Morrison (artist, writer), Lara Pawson (writer), Lucia Pietroiusti (curator), Stamatia Portanova (theorist), Filipa Ramos (writer), Will Rawls (choreographer, performer, writer), Kostas Retsikas (anthropologist), Irit Rogoff (theorist), Florian Roithmayr (with Borbála Soós) (artist), Gregor Samsa (clothier), Edgar Schmitz (artist), Malik Nashad Sharpe (choreographer), Noémie Solomon (theorist, curator), Alex Franz Zehetbauer (mixologist).

Choreographic Devices was developed by Murat Adash, Ofri Cnaani, and Edgar Schmitz, in close dialogue with the ICA, London. It is generously supported by the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE). Choreographic Devices was made possible with additional support from Goldsmiths (Mountain of Art Research, Department of Art; Curatorial / Knowledge and BA Curating, Department of Visual Cultures).
Programme Saturday 21 March:

12:00 – 12:15  Registration

12:15 – 14:15  Reversible Figures
Murat Adash, Tavi Meraud, Benoit Lachambre, Kostas Retsikas, Helen Juffs and Joanne Tremarco and Gregor Samsa

14:15 – 15:00  Lunch break

15:00 – 16:15  Around Apart Under Behind Through Ahead: A Partial Lexicon of Spatial Dysfunction
Vlatka Horvat and invited guests: Edwina Ashton, Augusto Corrieri, Critical Interruptions (Diana Damian Martin + Bojana Janković), Zoë Mendelson, Harun Morrison, Lara Pawson, Florian Roithmayr (with Borbála Soós)

16:15 – 16:30  Coffee break

16:30 – 17:30  Bojana Cvejic and Irit Rogoff in conversation

17:30 – 18:00  Coffee break

18:00 – 20:00  G major für Alix Eynaudi
A concert by Han-Gyeol Lie and cocktails by Alex Franz Zehetbauer, with the participation of Alix Eynaudi and Raimundas Malasauskas

Programme Sunday 22 March:

12:00 – 14:00  Choreographic materialities. A compilation of future glossary entries for CHOREOGRAPHIC by Martin Hargreaves with Malik Nashad Sharpe, Edgar Schmitz, and Noémie Solomon

14:00 – 14:45  Lunch break

14:45 – 15:30  Cursor by Will Rawls

15:30 – 17:30  Being in Sync
Cécile B. Evans, Ofri Cnaani, Orit Gat, Stamatia Portanova, and Will Rawls

17:30 – 18:00  Coffee break

18:00 – 20:00  Practical Encyclopaedia

18:00 – 19:00  Lecture demonstration by Lenio Kaklea 

19:00 – 20:00  In discussion with Lenio Kaklea, Lou Forster, Lucia Pietroiusti, and Filipa Ramos
12:00 pm
Wed, 01 Jul 2020
12:00 pm
Wed, 01 Jul 2020
One day: £10 Full, £9 Concs/Green, £8 Blue Members 

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Due to the temporary closure of the ICA in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, this programme is postponed.

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