Performing Care and Carelessness

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Performing Care and Carelessness
An interdisciplinary hybrid conference hosted by The Performance of the Real Research Theme at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 14th – 16th February 2024
Keynotes: Amanda Stuart-Fisher, Ruth Fitzgerald, Shilot Groot

Artistic work can often embody articulations of care. British photographer John Davies created a series of black and weight images of the effect of industrialisation on the British landscapes, both rural and natural ( This work expresses sadness for the destruction and compassion for these landscapes. He also created activist work for sites that were due to suffer destruction, in order to encourage viewers to organise acts of resistance and stop the destruction ( The visual rhythms and composition of his images encourage viewers to feel the materiality of the sites he captures, the life of these landscapes and tees, how these spaces breathe. In my own performance, video and installation work, I approach with care the bodies of the performers as well as those of the audience. I am interested in rhythms and intensities that generate a feeling of expansion in the body, encourage easy and comfortable breathing, bodily awareness and a sense of being in harmony with the environment, for both performers and audience members. This cannot be achieved without approaching with care the spaces in which I work ( . In this presentation, I would like to discuss how visual and performance work communicate articulations of care through affective means.
Period14 Feb 202416 Feb 2024
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational