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A Phenomenology of Misfits: Discrepancies Between Body and World

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The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences (FLAS) PhD Symposium 2022, in conjunction with the Drama, Theatre and Performance (DTP) research group, hosted by the University of Greenwich, and with the partnership of Concordia University’s Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) interdisciplinary centre would like to invite immersive and participatory performance practitioners, designers, scholars, writers, producers, devisers, filmmakers and other interested parties who find themselves embracing the term “misfit” due to race, sex, gender, migrant background, and/or (dis)ability to discuss their political, social and cultural perspectives in relation to art and their practice.

Keynote Speakers and Workshop Leaders:

Dr Jess Rowan Marcotte (Game, Interaction and Narrative Designer, Writer & Co-Founder of Soft Chaos Cooperative)

Coming out of their personal design practice and their doctoral research, Dr Jess Rowan Marcotte explores the topic of creating working definitions of queer game design that are robust enough to point to what makes them distinctive while simultaneously avoiding prescriptive limitations and identity policing. Using examples from their own practice (transgalactica, TRACES, rustle your leaves to me softly, Strangers on the 'Net, and others) and that of other queer game designers, they explore sets of common practices and approaches to queer game design and how these differ from and challenge the status quo.

Lisa Lewis (Founder of Omnium Circus)

Lisa began her career as a graduate of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. She has a BA from Brandeis University and earned a master’s degree in Clown/Circus History from NYU. Lisa spent many years working with the Big Apple Circus in multiple capacities. It was there she first encountered Circus of the Senses and her path was to change forever. Lisa doubled the reach of the program and, seeing a need in the community, she was instrumental in creating the Embracing Autism performances. Lisa’s passion for sharing the magic of the circus combined with her many years of experience inspired her to reimagine the art form of circus for 21st Century audiences as Omnium: A Bold New Circus.

Dr Almiro Andrade (Black Queer Latinx actor, director, playwright, dramaturg, and theatre translator)

Dr. Almiro Andrade is an actor, director, playwright, dramaturg and theatre translator with a PhD in Translation of Brazilian Contemporary Drama through devising for performance at King's College London. His approach sees all stages of theatre-making as an act of translation and his practice champions the production of international pieces in the UK since 2008. Current works include the first English translation of Namibia, Não! by Aldri Anunciação; a gender-bending adaptation of The Blind One and The Mad One by Cláudia Barral produced by [Foreign Affairs] Theatre published by Inti Press in partnership with Out of The Wings Collective; and recently published three new translations of the Brazilian canonic playwright within Nelson Rodrigues - Selected Plays, by Bloomsbury/Oberon Books.

Performances:

Good Night, Sleep Tight, by ZU-UK (A tender mixed media bedtime routine with a motherly touch and VR headsets).

Artistic Director of ZU-UK, British-Yemeni artist Persis-Jadé Maravala has been recently developing VR/360 Goodnight, Sleep Tight – an interactive, performative, live VR experience. Together with technologist Emily Donovan, she is working with VR taking a counter position to VR being hijacked by shoot’ em up gaming and the porn industry. Persis-Jadé is trying to position herself deliberately in resistance to that trend by creating work that is delicate and intimate and engages with humanness of revisiting the myth of childhood. Live touch drives the need to understand human loneliness and this research on a motherly touch in your childhood bedroom is partly to do with that. This performance will be available in-person only.

The Mystery Trip, by Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari with Kerry Underhill (A digital bus will offer you a unique mystery trip – each one stopping at different surprise destinations. All from the comfort of your own home).

Working with composers Jon McLeod & Anna Clock, technologist Jason Crouch and video designer Andrew Crofts, Nigel and Louise have created an epic digital excursion featuring people confined to their homes due to chronic physical or mental health conditions. The online audience will inhabit each show. The aim is that the experience is accessible to anyone who wants to come along. We will stop off at exciting places, meet amazing people, join in wild experiences, fight over the back seat, eat our sandwiches and inevitably leave someone behind at the petrol station. The wearing of dressing gowns is encouraged. This is a recording of a previous performance and will be only streamed on the digital platform.

Film Screening & Talks:

Dr João Florêncio (Cultural Theorist, Documentary Co-creator and Producer of OINK!)

Dr João Florêncio is Senior Lecturer in History of Modern and Contemporary Art and Visual Culture at the University of Exeter. A cultural theorist of the body, his interdisciplinary research draws from visual cultures of sexuality, health and illness in order to think in body in relation to Western biopolitical, philosophical and technoscientific histories. He is the author of Bareback Porn, Porous Masculinities, Queer Futures: The Ethics of Becoming-Pig (Routledge, 2020). Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and featuring interviews recorded in Los Angeles and Berlin in 2019/20, the experimental documentary short OINK! offers a portrait of gay men who—in different ways—relate to the gay “pig” sexual imaginary. It provides insight into their experiences of identity, masculinity, community, belonging, sexual pleasure and intimacy, as they are co-shaped and framed by 21st-century media. After the screening, Dr Florêncio will deliver a short talk on the research on contemporary masculinities and gay male sex cultures behind the production of the documentary, as well as his experience of co-creating a research documentary with a film crew. This screening will be available online and in-person.

General Info

Date and Time: June 8th, 2022, 9:30am – 6:30pm

Location: Bathway Theatre, Greenwich, London, SE18 6QX

Booking is free but essential – places for some workshops are limited.

This Symposium will be presented both in person and online. Please ensure you choose the correct ticket type when registering.

Registration deadlines:

To attend in-person, May 27th

To attend online, June 6th

If you would like to submit a paper/presentation/workshop for this Symposium, the deadline is May 11th and the link for submission is: https://forms.office.com/r/nuec1qu61A

COVID Guidelines:

Please keep in mind that one of the goals of our Symposium is accessibility and, to that point, we may have presenters and attendees with disabilities and those who are immunocompromised in attendance. Help us keep this a safe space for everyone.

To ensure your safety and that of others, attendants are required to bring a face covering with them and wear this for the duration of the panels, unless they are medically exempt.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or feel unwell please do not attend in-person. Panels and some workshops will also run online.

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