[NetBehaviour] [Fwd: Call for statements of interest - what_now festival, London, 11-13 April]

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Tue Feb 11 14:37:35 CET 2014

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Subject: Call for statements of interest - what_now festival, London,
11-13 April

what_now 2014

11 – 13 April 2014

‘We can reach every point in the world but, more importantly, we can be
reached from any point in the world. Privacy and its possibilities are
abolished. Attention is under siege everywhere. Not silence but
uninterrupted noise, not the red desert, but a cognitive space overcharged
with nervous incentives to act: this is the alienation of our times [...]
workers commonly and voluntarily work overtime, the population is tethered
to cell phones and Blackberries, debt has become a postmodern form of
slavery, and antidepressants are commonly used to meet the unending
pressure of production. As a result, the conditions for community have run
aground and new philosophical categories are needed’.

Franco Bifo Berardi, 2009


what_now 2014 re-imagines the idea of a festival by hosting a group of 20
dance artists to explore processes of moving through collective practice
and theory. What moves us, and how we can articulate and think through
movement, lies at the centre of this festival. It continues Independent
Dance’s ongoing interest in developing the way somatic practices,
philosophy and science can operate together.

Over four days and three nights, those involved will draw upon the body in
relation to theory and philosophy. They will be living and sleeping in
Siobhan Davies Studios in London, working on and with actions, without
necessarily producing choreographic objects. The group will follow strands
of thought, host guest speakers whose contributions will feed into their
processes, and address new forms of social organisation and
production. Activities might include building and dismantling structures
and performing cyclical actions, through which we can engage with, and
function within, a cycle of speeds.

The residency will be facilitated by Frank Bock, Efrosini Protopapa,
Hamish MacPherson and Katye Coe.

We are looking for artists whose work is grounded in movement practices
to form the main body of the group. You should have an interest in
questioning the possibilities, limitations and conditions of production,
collective processes, the public and the private. We are particularly
looking for applications from artists outside of London.

The artists will arrive on Thursday 10 April at noon, and work together
until Sunday 13 April at 9pm. You will need to be free for the full four
days for this process and be prepared to be resident for the
duration. The building and the process will be open to the public on
Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. Food will be provided, but you will
need to bring your own bedding. Siobhan Davies Studios is an accessible
space; if you have any further access needs please let us know. We will
not be able to accommodate children.


How to apply

If you would like to be part of the group, please send a statement of
interest of not more than 400 words, describing your current artistic
concerns, your dance or movement practice and how you imagine these might
function / fit / intersect with this event to Georgina Batchelor at
info at independentdance.co.uk (mailto://info@independentdance.co.uk). Do not
send CVs or biographies please.
The deadline for statements of interest is 5pm on Wednesday 28 February.
The residency facilitators will review all applications, and invited
artists will be informed by 10 March.

what_now is presented by Independent Dance in association with Siobhan
Davies Dance.


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