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body ^ space ^ object ^ memory ^ identity Symposium 2016

20th May 2016

Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) and researchers in the School of Art and Design

Following on from last year’s Memory ^ sentiment ^ body ^ space ^ object, this year’s event builds on the collaboration between the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) and researchers in the School of Art and Design, and invites contributions from scholars and practitioners from across the arts and humanities. This one-day symposium will address how performers, artists and designers suggest the relationship of individuals to their surroundings.

Rituals of the everyday, of memory, of making things special, and of moving through space and leaving traces are all important factors in being human and developing a sense of self. Many artists, designers and performers have considered these aspects, and it is how these have been addressed that the symposium will explore.

Visit our registration page.

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to be joined by Gill Perry and Jonathan Burrows an Artist Researcher at C-DaRE as our two keynote speakers for the day. 

More about Gill's presentation here

Broken Homes and Haunted Houses

This talk explores the prevalence of the motif of the house in recent and contemporary art, focussing on the symbolic possibilities of representing ‘broken’ and ‘haunted’ homes. I explore several recent projects in which the (absent) body is represented through its metaphorical and metonymic trace/s, and some of the imaginative ways in which contemporary artists have used destruction to challenge and provoke our perceptions of domestic space. I draw briefly on examples of British and American art, with a focus on Michael Landy’s Breakdown and the Heidelberg Project in Detroit, a collaborative evolving project involving artists and the local community. I explore representations of the house and home as sites of memory, social critique, community involvement, homelessness and evolving ideas of the ‘everyday’. Installation art is considered as critical medium for the representation of the home, as a ‘living art’ inflected with issues of gender, identity, migration, belonging, social critique and community involvement. Although (real) bodies are often absent in these works, I consider the metonymic and symbolic possibilities of surrogate bodies (cuddly toys, clothes, objects of desire). Although some previous studies have explored ideas of the surreal or uncanny nature of artistic re-workings of the house, I argue that playful, parodic and participatory practices are central to many representations of the theme. I argue for the recurrence in contemporary art of playful, subversive and destructive, practices that can enrich and reframe the seemingly banal, ‘everyday’ themes of the house and home.

More about Jonathan's presentation

Talk on rhythm

When Sarah Whatley invited me to take part in this symposium, I said I'd love to do it but I'd already been asked by Bojana Kunst to give a lecture the night before in Frankfurt, for the theatre students of Giessen University. And the subject of that lecture was supposed to be rhythm, rather than space. And I said I didn't think I could try and do two talks in one week, especially if one was about time and the other about space. So Sarah suggested I give the rhythm talk anyway, in the context of the space symposium.  And the more I worked on rhythm, the more I agreed that it might be interesting to drop such a talk about time, into a symposium on space and place, for all the familiar philosophical and scientific reasons, but also because of all the imprecise overlaps and connections and contradictions that were thrown up as I worked.  And a few years ago a participant came up at the end of workshop and asked me, 'What's the relation between rhythm and concept', and I couldn't answer but I thought it was a brilliant provocation. And this talk is an attempt to engage with that question.

Schedule and Programme

To view the full schedule for the day Click here

You can read about all of the presentations in the full programme by clicking here

(may be subject to change)

The Presentations by theme

Encounters with the Everyday

Lead: Imogen Racz- Senior Lecturer in History of Art

Brad Derro - The Games of Allan Kaprow: Interpersonal art in the 1970s

Heidi Saarinen - The body as object in everyday space

Helle Brabrand - Kin-aesthetic Space-making


Objects of Mourning

Lead: Rob Tovey - Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design

Rosamria E Kostic Cisneros - Spanish black lace: Concealing the scar and showcasing an invisible community. The case of the Gypsy/Romani community and its affect on Flamenco

Victoria Thoms Women and Wounding: Akram Khan’s Dust as a form of Cultural Trauma

Milena Tomic - Beyond Equipment, Fetishes and Abandoned Objects: The Semiotics of Shoes After Pop Art


The (Moving) Body as Archive

Lead: Marie-Louise Crawley - PhD Candidate C-DaRE

Sally Doughty - Body of/as knowledge

Bahar Fattahi - If Not

Emma Meehan - Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre and the Intangible Archive

Paul Grace - The Experiential Archive

Sophia Diamantopoulou & Dimitra Christidou - Museum encounters: A choreography of visitors’ bodies in interaction


Absence and Presence

Lead: Graham Chorlton - Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts, Theory and Practice

Debra Hanson - The Presence of Absence: Men, Women, and the Spaces of 'Home' in Post-Civil War America

John Devane - Creating a space for painting: Odd Nerdrum: a case study

Hlynur Helgason - Glacier-painting:  Drawing the Glacier by Icelandic artist Harpa Árnadóttir as an allegory of painting


The Production of the Social in Contemporary Choreographic and Performance Practices

Lead: Katerina Paramana - Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Antje Hildebrandt - The Politics of Touch in Boris Charmatz’s enfant

Sarah-Louise Spies & Dani Abulhawa - Form_Work (A Performance Score): Footnotes on Judith Butler’s NotesToward a Performative Theory of Assembly.

Lizz Fort - “...the conversation...”: Towards an Ecology of Community Practice

David Hodge - The Question of Form in A Question of Movement (Marcus Coates and Henry Montes, 2011)

Objects of Transformation

Lead: Sarah Whatley - Professor of Dance and Director: C-DaRE

Jochem Naafs - Transforming memories

Vanessa Grasse & Bettina Neuhaus - Material Self Material Other

Glenn Noble & Daren Pickles - Space and sound object transformations: Long-form improvisation, cybernetics and sonic ecosystems

Registration and information

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£30 full time employed/institutionaly funded

£20 part time employed/ students

£10 Coventry University internal staff and students

For information about the venue please click here

May 20

Event Time:
Start time: 09:00
End time: 17:00

Event Location:
Institute for Creative Enterprise, CV1 2NE

Event Contact: