International Research Conference: How Does the Body Think? Corporeal and Movement Based Practices of the Modernism Era

3 - 4, December 2016,

ms2, Ogrodowa 19, Łódź

 

The conference will tackle the subject of kinetic and kinesthetic practices in the modernism era. The organisers are interested in artistic accomplishments, as well as in theoretical reflection on the phenomenon. Movement became the synonym of the development dynamics and accumulation typical of the late 19th and early 20th century in many aspects of human life. The main areas of interest cover predominantly dance and choreographic practices, however, equally important is perceiving them in a wider context of common corporeal and movement based practices, which, on the one hand, freed the body from a tight corset and conventions and, on the other hand, prepared it to become more productive. The work of a dancing body was an area of experiment parallel to that in economy in the age of dynamic industrial development. How then did modern bodies and their movements embody new approach to the economics of gesture, effort, energy, and work organisation?   What new visions of a body in movement were proposed by modernism? Didn’t  the tools of choreography used by artists in those times disregard corporeality in dance, making it more formal and less mimetic and changing dance in autonomous discipline of arts?

The conference is organised as a part of exhibition, for which the question concerning corporeal and kinesthetic foundations of sculpture practice and theory of Katarzyna Kobro (1898 – 1951) is the point of departure.  The exhibition discusses rationalisation and functionality of movement in artistic practices of modernism. Rationalisation and functionality understood as laboratory distribution of the sequence of movement and gesture, as investigation of its anatomic ramifications and its detailed notation, as the design of the dynamics of space that dictates purposeful and precise movement, as the expansion of motoric potential for the sake of general development or, finally, as examining the mathematics and rhythmics of the movements of body in space. The main question posed within the framework of the exhibition is the one about affective effects of optimum psycho-physical coordination of human activities leading to rational and purposeful social conduct.

Speakers: Inge Baxmann, Kate Elswit, Mark Franko, Julia Hoczyk, Gaja Karolczak, Wojciech Klimczyk, Anna Królica, Susan Manning, Felicia Mc Carren, Hanna Raszewska, Joanna Szymajda

Curators: Prof. Małgorzata Leyko, Katarzyna Słoboda

 

In cooperation with the Department of Theatre and Drama of the Faculty of Philology of the University of Łódź

SATURDAY, 3rd December 2016

ms², Ogrodowa 19, Łódź

 

10-10:30

Małgorzata Leyko, Katarzyna Słoboda

Introduction by the Curators                                                             

10:30 – 11:00

Susan Manning

Nation and World in Modern Dance

11:00 – 11:30

Hanna Raszewska

Interwar Warsaw as an European power of modernistic dance?

 

11:30 -  12:00 COFFEE BREAK AND SLAVIC GYMNASTICS EXERCISES

 

12:00 – 12:30

Mark Franko

Labor, Abstraction, and the Real Thing

 

12:30 – 13:00

Kate Elswit

Watching Modernist Dance, Watching Modernist Bodies

 

13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH BREAK AND SLAVIC GYMNASTICS EXERCISES

 

14:00 – 14:30

Inge Baxmann

The technical and the organic: dance and technologies of life in Weimar Avantgarde Art and Culture 

 

14:30 – 15:00

Wojciech Klimczyk

Ambivalent power of (modern) rhythms: Jaques-Dalcroze, Fuchs, Nijinsky

 

15:00 – 17:00 DISCUSSION AND SLAVIC GYMNASTICS EXERCISES

 

SUNDAY, 4th December 2016

ms², Ogrodowa 19, Łódź

 

11.00-11.30

Felicia McCarren

Dancing Machines: choreographies of the age of mechanical reproduction

11.30-12.00

Anna Królica

The influence of constructivism on Oskar Schlemmer’s, Vsevolod Meyerhold’s and Tadeusz Kantor’s movement practices. From biomechanics and mechanical ballet to movement operations of bioobjects

12.00-12.30

Gaja Karolczak

“Which way Witch?” – undoing subjectivity

 

12.30-13.30 LUNCH BREAK AND SLAVIC GYMNASTICS EXERCISES

 

13.30-14.00

Joanna Szymajda

Solo dance – modernist or/and contemporary form?

 

14.00-14.30

Julia Hoczyk

The body as a model for the development of culture and society: women pioneers of modern dance and their continuators

 

14.30-16.30 - DISCUSSION AS WELL AS SLAVIC GYMNASTICS EXERCISES

 

PROGRAMME

 

 

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