Power, Creativity and the Body
Saturday 5th of July 2014, 2-5pm
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance Choreographic Thinking Tools
Is it possible for a great artist to disseminate their working methods for the benefit of everyone? How do the creative processes of choreography take place in the brain? And is it possible to map those processes into visual forms?
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance presented a session on their research over the past ten years investigating creativity in dance. A facilitated discussion between theoretical cognitive psychologist Phil Barnard and company dancer Catarina Carvalho it explored the collaboration that led to the creation of the Choreographic Thinking Tools and how these tools are being disseminated and used in the wider world.
Can imaginative re-thinking of our environment, through design, help empower us and change our relationship to it? Is it possible to democratise design for the benefit of the everyday lives of individuals with serious injuries?
Sevra Davis (Associate Director of Design, RSA) presented findings from their long-running and groundbreaking Design and Rehabilitation initiative. The project involved people with spinal cord injuries being taught design as a route to independence, resourcefulness and greater control over their lives.Justice for Domestic Workers Collaborating with Artists
Can artists and arts organisations work effectively with voluntary groups to further their political and social aims? Is contemporary art a crucial platform in which relationships between the body and labour, work and exploitation, can be explored and highlighted?
Artist Rehana Zeman talked about working with Justice for Domestic Workers, a self-directed organisation of migrant workers who work in private houses in the UK. They mount demonstrations and campaigns highlighting the working conditions of migrant labourers, network together and build links between individuals in similar situations, and seek to educate the wider public about their work and the issues around migrant workers and domestic labour.Spare Tyre: Empowering unheard communitiesArtist, musician and Spare Tyre Associate, Alice Theobald, presented some of the outreach projects she has worked on that use creative activity to give a platform to unheard communities.