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  1. S01 Episode 05: Johannes Birringer on cross overs between body, performance, technology and underground spaces – Somatics Toolkit

    Download this episodeIn Episode 5 of Series 1, Johannes Birringer, choreographer and Professor of Performance Technologies at Brunel University talks to Eline Kieft about his journey into combining dance and performance with technologies, why an evolution of body knowledge is more important to him than a specific identity, how our bodies are educated by environments, sensorial experiences and wearables, and how the unknown can be a fertile learning space for growth, creativity and student-learning. The episode includes some wonderful sound-bites to highlight the variety of environmental and sensorial stimuli, based on Birringer’s workshop on “underground spatialities” (for Rice University’s Anthropology students).

    The episode includes some wonderful sound-bites to highlight the variety of environmental and sensorial stimuli.

    Episode notes 


    Useful links:


    Barba, Eugenio and Savarese, Nicola (1991) A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology: The Secret Art of the Performer. London: Routledge. 

    Böhme, Gernot (2017) The Aesthetics of Atmospheres: Ambiences, Atmospheres and Sensory Experiences of Space. Trans. Jean-Paul Thibaud. London: Routledge. 

    Birringer, Johannes and Danjoux, Michèle (2019) “Sound and Wearables.” In: Foundations in Sound Design for   Embedded Media: an interdisciplinary approach, ed. Michael Filimovicz, London: Routledge, pp. 243-74.

    Birringer, Johannes (2017) “Metakimospheres.” In Susan Broadhurst and Sara Price (eds), Digital Bodies: Creativity and Technology in the Arts and Humanities. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 27–48. 

    Birringer, Johannes (2016) “Kimospheres, or Shamans in the Blind Country.” Performance Paradigm 12:

    Birringer, Johannes (2013) “Audible Scenography.”  Performance Research 18(3): 192-93.

    Birringer, Johannes (2011) “Dancing in the Museum.”  PAJ: 

    A Journal of Performance and Art 99: 43-52. 

    Birringer, Johannes (2010) “Moveable Worlds/Digital Scenographies.” International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media 6 (1): 89–107.

    Birringer, Johanness (2009) Performance, Technology, and Science. New York: PAJ Publications.

    Cooper Albright, Ann and Gerer, David (2003) Taken by Surprise: A Dance Improvisation Reader. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press. 

    Danjoux, Michèle (2017) Design-in-Motion: Choreosonic Wearables in Performance, PhD Thesis, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. 

    D’Evie, Fayen (2017) ‘Orienting through Blindness: Blundering, Be-Holding, and Wayfinding as Artistic and Curatorial Methods.’ Performance Paradigm 13: 42-72. 

    Gaensheimer, Susanne and Kramer, Mario, eds. (2016) William Forsythe: The Fact of Matter. Bielefeld: Kerber Verlag. 

    Hay, Deborah (2015) Using the Sky: A Dance. New York: Routledge. 

    Ingold, Tim (2011) Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description. London: Routledge.

    Mitra, Royona (2018) “Talking Politics of Contact Improvisation with Steve Paxton.” Dance Research Journal 50(3): 6-18. 

    Oliver, Mary (2014) Wild Geese: Selected Poems. Eastburn:  Bloodaxe Books Ltd.

    Paxton, Steve (2008) Material for the Spine: A Movement Study. DVD-rom. Brussels:

    Contredanse Editions.

    Song, Haein (2019) Ecstatic Space: NEO-KUT and Shamanic Technologies. Phd Thesis, Brunel University London. 

    Tsing, Lowenhaupt Anna (2015) The Mushroom at the End of the World:  On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

    Xu, Zhi (2019) Choreographing Chinese Dancing Bodies:  Yangge and Technology. PhD Thesis, Brunel University London (forthcoming)

    Zumthor, Peter. 2006. Atmospheres: Architectural Environments – Surrounding Objects. Basel: Birkhäuser Verlag.

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  2. Tim Ingold: ‘Lines and the Weather’ (Daphne Mayo Lecture 2013)

    Daphne Mayo Lecture 2013 Professor Tim Ingold: 'Lines and the Weather' University of Queensland Art Museum 16 October 2013

    According to the philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty, one can only be sentient in a sentient world. We see with eyes that already know moonlight and sunlight, hear with ears already accustomed to the sonorities of wind and weather, feel with hands that are already familiar with the roughness and smoothness of wood, stone, clay and other materials. Neither sun and moon, nor wind and weather, nor wood, stone and clay are themselves sentient.

    But immersed in sentience – by invading the awareness of sentient bodies – they can, so to speak, double over and see, hear and touch themselves.

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  3. Tim Ingold. Towards an Ecology of Materials

    Professor Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen)

    Title: Towards an Ecology of Materials

    Tim Ingold is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, and a Fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Following 25 years at the University of Manchester, where he was appointed Max Gluckman Professor of Social Anthropology in 1995, Ingold moved in 1999 to Aberdeen, where he went on to establish the UK’s newest Department of Anthropology.

    About the lecture: Both material culture studies and ecological anthropology are concerned with the material conditions of social and cultural life. Yet despite advances in each of these fields which have eroded traditional divisions between humanistic and science-based approaches, their respective practitioners continue to talk past one another in largely incommensurate theoretical languages. Through a review of recent trends in the study of material culture, the reasons for this are found to lie in: (1) a conception of the material world and the nonhuman that leaves no space for living organisms; (2) an emphasis on materiality that prioritises finished artefacts over the properties of materials, and (3) a conflation of things with objects that stops up the flows of energy and circulations of…

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  4. Zoe Williams 1 June 2015

    Get it Together: Why We Deserve Better Politics We all want the future to be fairer and happier. Journalist and writer Zoe Williams believes that we need to make that happen collectively. It’s not enough to sit back and watch as our NHS slides away from us; as the young and low earners are forced out of London; as hundreds of thousands of people nationally drift into poverty; as education becomes increasingly divided and as the wealthiest five people in Britain earn more than the poorest 20%.

    Williams addresses key questions, including: has the NHS had its day; have you ever wondered why you can’t afford a house; and who got us into this mess anyway? She brings together all the arguments that occupy the current political landscape and offers a road map for a better future.

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  5. Paul Kingsnorth 21 April 2017

    Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist

    Paul Kingsnorth was once an activist, an ardent environmentalist. He fought against rampant development and the depredations of a corporate world that seemed hell-bent on ignoring a looming climate crisis in its relentless pursuit of profit. But as environmentalists began to focus on ‘sustainability’ rather than the defence of wild places for their own sake and as global conditions worsened, he grew disenchanted with the movement that he once embraced. He gave up what he saw as the false hope that residents of the First World would ever make the kind of sacrifices that might avert the severe consequences of climate change.

    Kingsnorth, novelist, commentator and co-founder of The Dark Mountain project, articulates a new vision that he calls ‘dark ecology’, which stands firmly in opposition to the belief that technology can save us, and argues for a renewed balance between the human and nonhuman worlds.

    Image credit Claire McNamee.

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  6. Podcast #116 - What is Technology? Do we even know?

    Today we welcome Jonathan Lipps, Dir. of Open Source at Sauce Labs, to chat (and sing) about some of the philosophies behind the tech that we all use every day. Also Stack Overflow PM Joe Friend is here to continue the conversation about improving the user experience on SO.

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  7. Biomimicry And Future Cities 19 November 2015

    The biomimetic city – a city modelled on nature – offers a sustainable future. To what extent can we use biomimicry to help shape our cities’ infrastructure? What are the trade-offs and leverage points that can allow us to develop systems – ecological, structural, technological, circulatory and chemical – that are more productive and effective than those already in place? Can we go beyond looking at organisms and start by valuing the interconnectedness? Peter Head (Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Ecological Sequestration Trust) joins Julian Vincent (Honorary Professor of Biomimetics at University of Rhein-Waal/ University of Oxford) and Sue Thomas (Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace). Chaired by Richard James MacCowan (Founder Director – Biomimicry UK).

    Note some of the audience questions are low volume as there was not a roving mike for this session.

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