[ISEA2017] Panel: Isabelle Choinière, Andrea Davidson, Enrico Pitozzi — New realities of the Body in Contemporary Performance

Panel Statement 

Keywords: New Technologies, Performativity, the Senses, Somatics, Perception, Cognition, Design, Embodiment, Research-Creation

This panel considers the new and multiple relationships of the senses and related perceptual and cognitive processes which characterize contemporary performance integrating new technologies. Focusing on the corresponding effects on corporeality, performativity and representation, it considers the sensori-perceptual deconstruction, reorganization and reconstruction involved when the body is “touched” by, interacts with, and “incorporates” the effects of technology. And, as these new approaches directly concern current research -creation and are expressed through collaborations, hybrid artistic approaches, new forms of interdisciplinarity and communities of practitioners, the panel will also consider the implications of this activity for existing networks of research-creation, looking at their specificity while examining how participants in these networks exchange, interact and collaborate.

  • Isabelle Choinière (Canada). Artist, researcher and teacher of new contemporary performative practices, Isabelle Choinière holds a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Integrative Arts from Planetary Collegium, Plymouth University, UK (2015). Her works include Communion, Le partage des peaux II (1994-1999); La démence des anges, La mue de l’ange (1999-2005); Meat Paradoxe (2005-2010); Flesh Waves (2013) and Phase 5/Generativity (2016), productions that have toured Europe, Latin America and North America in major festivals, exhibitions and art institutions and been referenced by research groups around the world. Alongside her artistic practice, Choinière’s research has been published by n French, English and Portuguese. Intellect Press, UK (2006, 2013, 2015), Archée (2016), the Journal of Transdisciplinary Knowledge Design, Korea (2009), CENA and VIS (2015, 2017) and Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK (2009, 2014). She is currently Associate Professor at the Faculty of Communications at University of Quebec in Montreal, and member of the international research groups “Hexagram-UQAM and Planetary Collegium Research Network.
  • Enrico Pitozzi. Professor at the University of Venice, Italy, Enrico Pitozzi has taught at the University of Bologna and the Academy of Fine Arts Brera, Milan, and was a visiting lecturer at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III (2016 and 2013), the Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo of Valencia (2014-2015) and the University of Québec in Montréal. He is a member of the international research groups “Performativité et effets de présence” (University of Québec in Montréal) and the MeLa Media Lab (Università Iuav di Venezia). Also a member of scientific committees for Moringa and Map D2, Brazil, editor of Culture Teatrali and co-chief editor of Art’O, his recent publications include Sismografie della presenza. Corpo, scena, dispositivi tecnologici, Casa Usher (2015); “Bodysoundscape. Perception, movement and audiovisual in contemporary dance” in The Oxford Handbook of Music, Sound and Image in the Fine Arts; The choreographic composition of Cindy Van Acker, Quodlibet (2015); “Topologies des corps” in La capture de mouvement, ou le modelage de l’invisible, Presses de l’Université de Rennes (2014).
  • Andrea Davidson Former principal dancer in North American and Europe, Andrea holds a PhD in Interactive studies from Université Paris 8, France, where she taught Screendance and Dance & New Media (1999-2008). Currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Chichester, UK, she also taught at Université Nancy 1 and London Metropolitan University and was a visiting fellow at Waseda University and Tama Arts University, Japan; Bilgi University, Istanbul; Universidade Federal do Bahia, Brazil. Author of Bains Numériques #1: Danse et nouvelles technologies (2007) and numerous articles on dance and new media, she coedited a special edition of Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices following the Somatics and Technology conference she organised at the University of Chichester (2012). Other recent publications include chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices no. 8.1, Revista Repertório Brazil, and Éditions Archée, Québec. Also an award winning choreographer-videographer-new media artist, she received the UNESCO Grand Prix International Videodanse, Jury Prize of the Festival Napolidanza and Prix de l’Écriture Multimédia Fondation Beaumarchais

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