Workshop 1: The Duet of the Body and the City. A practical workshop exploring the city as stimulus and studio.
Tutor: Beatrice Jarvis and Bob Jarvis
Venue: Richmix : 35-47 Bethnal Green Road. London E1 6LA and Goldsmiths, University of London
Date: Sunday 7 October 2012 10.30 am – 5.30 pm, Review Session: Saturday 13 October 2012 1 pm
Equipment: bring a digital camera (DSLR or compact) / notebook and comfortable clothes
Price: £45 / £35 Concessions
ENTER THE CITY: ENTER A STREET: ENTER A WORLD: ENTER A STORY:
How can the body become a reflective mechanism for the experience of the body in the city? How far can the city be shaped and moulded by the actions and reactions of the body?
The city is choreography of life and it can be used as resource for artistic practice; it can form a productive and substantial input for the creative mind. The motifs of human form repeat on the streets, to be observed, interpreted, or simply left in their flux. Crescendos and diminuendos of the bustling street rise and fall with the breath of the city, a living organism, which one can walk upon, in, beside and amongst.
This workshop explores how photography and choreography can be used as tools to map and interact with the activity of the city. Working from a series of choreographic scores; we will explore 3 sites around Truman’s Brewery and form a short series of interventions and spatial reflections forming series of photographic works collaboratively and individually. This session aims to bring together photographers, sociologists, choreographers, architects, town planners, artist, film makers and all those with a keen interest for urban space investigation for a reflective, active and constructive series of actions and dialogs. Collaboration, discourse and intellectual inquiry are seminal to this concept. Urban space will effectively become a live laboratory in this workshop to play, discover and create.
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About the tutors
BEATRICE JARVIS: Choreographer | Performer | Researcher
Beatrice is an urban space creative facilitator, choreographer and researcher.She is currently undertaking her practice based PhD funded by DEL titled; The Choreographic Apparatus| How Far can Choreographic Practice be used to Develop New Methods to Explore and Offer Insights into a Range of Urban Contexts. Her practice merges essential techniques in a sociological framework of critical perspectives. As a dance artist Beatrice works in Romania, Gaza, Germany and Northern Ireland to generate large scale choreographic works underpinned with a sociological inquiry. Beatrice is keen to create platforms social interaction using urban wastelands and reflections on urban habitation as a creative resource; her research currently focuses on how far choreography practice can develop a new methodology to interrogate a range of inner city conflict zones. Beatrice initiated Urban Research Forum. This summer her research has been profiled within dOCUMENTA (13), (Kassel) Pina Bausch Symposium, (London), the school of art in Bucharest and various spaces in Berlin.
Bob Jarvis: Urban Designer | Town Planner | Writer
Dr. Bob Jarvis is Urban Design Co-ordinator in the Department of Urban Environment and Leisure Studies at London South Bank University and has been running urban design projects for his students on Truman’s Brewery and the area for several years. Educated as one of the last of the gentlemen planners at Newcastle University, but later took classes in poetry and contemporary dance. He is perhaps the only qualified planner to have an MA in Creative Writing. He undertook a two year research programme of zen-like isolation and intensity in urban design before urban design was re-invented. His research and writing has focussed on town planning as an art and urban design as choreography, developing the argument that urban design is the core of town planning and that its ‘real subject’ is everyday life, no different from some modern choreographies. He is currently profiling the relationship between contemporary art practices and urban design in Bucharest as a scholar for the British Council.
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