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Emma Cocker & Christine de Smedt & Nikolaus Gansterer
Modes as Languages: words as material
This Intensive turns towards experimental forms of publication, focusing on the notion of words as material, and the liberation of language from the regime of signification and informational exchange towards an embodied poetics. Evolving previous research around the reverberation of speech and voice and the embodiment of text, we continue our investigation around the aesthetic-epistemological gesture of artistic (re)searching, explored through the transformation of words, the act of rolling language around in the mouth as a physical practice.
The starting point for this field of experimentation are conversational transcripts from our three-year artistic research project, approached as live material for playful appropriation and reworking. Our emphasis is on activating language through rhythmic, relational speech acts: through the affect of breath and air bringing qualities of lightness and aeration, the babble of overlapping voices reading together, echoes and translations, stutters and repetitions, whispered conversations assembled from dislocated fragments of text.
The CHOREO-GRAPHIC FIGURES Summer Lab will take place over two interconnected workshops: Shifts of Attention: vigilance, engagement and translational processes (Intensive1) and Modes of Languages: words as material (Intensive2). Participation in both sessions is suggested but not mandatory.
Choreo-graphic Figures (2014 – 2017) is funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF/PEEK.
ArtistBio: COCKER & DE SMEDT & GANSTERER