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Hydro-States and the Alchemical Body

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GOLDSMITHS ART RESEARCH SEMINAR

Hydro-States and the Alchemical Body

Led by Laura Burns, Dominique Baron-Bonarjee and Josefina Camus

Three explorations of embodiment, alchemy, states and thresholds in both practice and the articulation of research.


PLEASE NOTE: STRIKE ACTION IS PLANNED FOR THIS DAY AND THE EVENT MAY BE CANCELLED AT SHORT NOTICE.

Laura Burns

I am a London based artist working across choreography, poetry and live art practices. My research is concerned with excavating alternative paradigms to patriarchal and colonial epistemologies – through site-specific and land-based research, divination, spiritual practices and systems constellations. Specific sites - in particular a river and its stones - are my primary collaborators, exploring relational, material-lead and sound-based methods for communicating with the nonhuman. This ecological concern is a feminist one; alternative ways of knowing carry historical trauma and absence, hence bringing this work into the public realm, teetering between apparition and appearance, communion and communication, is where the work precariously sits. Performance and writing arising from these encounters is concerned with (re-)activating the perceptions and slippages opened up by such modes of knowing, in order to access (new)/ancient relationships between time, place, sound, language, material bodies, symbol and gesture. Memory stored in human, non-human bodies, sound and the body of the land, are imagined as substances from which to remember possible futures.
www.lauraburns.co.uk


Dominique Baron-Bonarjee

Dominique Baron-Bonarjee is an artist based between London and Berlin and working internationally. Her research begins through somatic inquiry, where the body is at once material, object, consciousness, simultaneously malleable, resistant and enmeshed within vaster temporal dimensions. Through methods of listening and response, her practice maps out emergent connections, which aim at creating glitches in existing systems. Taking the body’s use-value in capitalist economies as related to notions of identity and self-worth, she looks to emerging technologies as a sounding board for expanding on questions of usefulness, productivity, measure and time. An engagement with Eastern philosophy and belief systems opens her practice to alternate modes of thought, which interrogate normativity by considering animate, inanimate, human and non-human along a line of equality. Her PhD research ‘Space for the Nameless’ is an open system that inhabits the edge, as a place of encounter with the unknown. As such her practice is an unfinished process, where outcomes interweave theoretical constellations of liveness, choreography, moving image, drawing, objects and writing.
www.dominiquebb.com


Josefina Camus

Josefina Camus is a London based artist originally from Chile. With a background in literature and dance, her work transits between performance, choreography, and installation. She has developed her artistic experience in different cities such as Santiago, Paris, and London, where she has collaborated with local artists from a variety of fields. Her interdisciplinary work explores the ways to enlarge the use of perception, emphasizing performance as a synesthetic experience, through the use of sculpture, experimental sound, light, video and movement.

Highlighting the relationship between the self and its environment, moreover, linking the microcosm with the macrocosm, her art practice researches the creation of energetic environments, understanding the body as a container of polymorphic energies. Experimenting with the transformation of the matter and its different states, she is interested in alchemy, in the transmutation between materiality and immateriality, visibility and invisibility, form and formless, as well as the appearance and disappearance.
www.josefinacamus.com

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