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Performing Viral Pandemics?

Started by aha. Last reply by aha May 11, 2020. 2 Replies

Hi.Hopefully all is well!The shorty is a suggestion to start an online conversation group to elaborate questions from theCovid-19 oriented period and Performance Philosophy?eg. Intra-Active Virome?…Continue

We all have the same dream?

Started by Egemen Kalyon Apr 2, 2020. 0 Replies

Hello, "We all have the same dream" is my project that aims to create an archive from the dreams of our era and reinterpret Jung's "collective unconscious" concepts with performance and performing…Continue

Circus and Its Others 2020, UC Davis CFP

Started by Ante Ursic Mar 15, 2020. 0 Replies

Circus and its Others 2020November 12-15University of California, DavisRevised Proposal Deadline: April 15, 2020Launched in 2014, the Circus and its Others research project explores the ways in which…Continue

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"Further Evidence on the Meaning of Musical Performance" Working Paper

Posted by Phillip Cartwright on January 15, 2020 at 21:28 0 Comments

Karolina Nevoina and I are pleased to announce availability of our working paper, "Further Evidence on the Meaning of Musical Performance". Special thanks to Professor Aaron Williamon and the Royal College of Music, Centre for Performance Science.…


Division of Labor - Denis Beaubois

Posted by Gabrielle Senza on February 23, 2018 at 0:36 0 Comments

I just came across Denis Beaubois, an Australian multidisciplinary artist whose work, Currency - Division of Labor might be of interest to researchers here.

It is a series of video/performance works that use the division of labor model in capitalism as a structural tool for performance.

From his website:

The Division of labour work explores…




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Event Details


Time: April 17, 2018 to April 20, 2018
Location: Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb
Street: Trg Republike Hrvatske 5
City/Town: Zagreb
Event Type: workshop, &amp, lectures
Organized By: Sibila Petlevski, director of Art&Science project founded by Croatian Science Foundation
Latest Activity: Apr 10, 2018

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During his week-long residency, Phillip Zarrilli will present two lectures based on his new sole-authored book in progress, (toward) a phenomenology of acting, under contract with Routledge Press (London). Based on the Preface and Introduction of this new book, Lecture 1 is a more general/introductory lecture mapping the ‘studio’ as a meeting place for “embodied enquiry” and reflection. Lecture 2 is based on a specific chapter of the book and explore a specific topic in depth. Both lectures will make use of power-point/slide presentations, and short video clips.


18 April 2018 (Wednesday)

19.00: 20:00

Scena F22, Frankopanska 22, Zagreb

Acting without ‘meaning’ or ‘motivation’: first-person accounts of acting in the pre-articulate world of immediate lived/living experience

 Stanislavsky clearly identified the need for actors to be able to ‘discover things anew’. How might a phenomenological perspective on embodied processes help the actor learn to “discover things anew” even when she is constantly involved I processes of repetition? Drawing specifically on first-person accounts of two non-verbal performances, Samuel Beckett’s Act Without Words I, and Ota Shogo’s The Water Station, in this lecture I explore acting ‘without meaning or motivation’. Here acting as a phenomenon and process is viewed as a pre-articulate world of immediate lived/living experience. I analyze in detail the actor’s lived/living (Leib) body(mind) as a ‘messenger of the unsaid’—observing how the performer’s ‘lifeworld’ (Lebenswelt) is constituted in the pre-articulate present beforewords, meaning, or motivation. Central to my analysis of the ‘unsaid’ are key concepts drawn from the work of philosophers Martin Heidegger and Mark Rowlands.


20 April  (Friday) 
12:00: 13:00 Lecture

13:00: 14:00Panel Discussion
Velika scena, Akademija dramske umjetnosti, Trg Republike Hrvatske 5, Zagreb

Embodied Consciousness: where phenomenology, cognitive science, and performance meet

In this lecture, I explore ‘the studio’ as a site for philosophical exploration--a site where the training/practices of the actor offer the possibility of “doing” philosophy “in the flesh”. Citing the reflexive practices of key historical figures who have focused on the actor’s embodied consciousnesss--Zeami (the founder of Japanese noh), Stanislavsky, and Grotowski--I explore “the studio” as a meeting place—a location where phenomenology and cognitive science can inform the actor’s embodied process as a form of “embodied enquiry”, and (vice-versa) where reflecting on the actor’s complex modes of embodying consciousness can inform developments in phenomenology and cognitive science. Defining the actor’s work as a mode of ‘embodied enquiry’ is an invitation to further re-consider the complexitiesof the actor/performer’s embodied experience, awareness, attention, and consciousness from ‘inside’ the act of performing--a location marked by bodily/sensory/experiential depth.


Prof. Zarrilli's visit to Zagreb Academy of Drama Art is organized in the framework of prof. Sibila Petlevski's art&science project founded by Croatian Science Foundation.  

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