The Department of Contemporary Dance in conjunction with the Departments of Studio Arts, Music and Theater, is proposing an innovative series: "Physical Lectures". Composed of a variety of experiential and innovative events designed to speak with the body about the body. Thus weaving expressions of body and thought together. Our goal is to shift the format of a lecture in order to edify an exciting type of somatic forum. Rather than creating artificial bridges between processes of the physical diffusion and written publication of knowledge, "Physical Lectures" seeks to fold the articulation of both physical knowledge and theory into a cohesive physical-intellectual experience.
Questions around the topic of the body are: How is the body experienced, seemed, practiced, felt, thought, and discussed? How does experience differ from one disciplinary perspective to another?Could we change the way we talk about the body by speaking from it? And finally: Are these the questions that need to be asked or are there others that remain aside? By addressing these questions we intend to configure a platform for situating and displaying a panorama of research on practices of the body.
Over the years a separation has developed between theory and practice that divides knowledge and its transfusion into categories of doers and thinkers. Discourses and practices around the body keep popping out in different disciplinary corners, yet interdisciplinary dialog seems to slip away from our current still isolated environments. We envision “Physical Lectures” as an urgent response to these conditions.
From November 2013 to March 2014, interdisciplinary artists and researches will gather in 4 different physical lecture formats gather in the following clusters: The dark restaurant Onoir, a Tango lesson, a pool and the Labo Culinaire at the SAT. We envision these clusters as the master grid of events that will hold other tangential ones: a round table, an informal conversational, 3 public workshops and 4 workshops specially designed for the Concordia Fine Arts students population.