Deviations from the Line

The interdisciplinary research project “CHOREO–GRAPHIC FIGURES: Deviations from the Line” (2014 - 2017), by artist Nikolaus Gansterer (Austria/Vienna) in collaboration with artist-writer Emma Cocker (UK/Nottingham) and choreographer-dancer Mariella Greil (Austria/Vienna) in dialogue with a team of inter-national critical interlocutors (Alex Arteaga, Chrisitine De Smedt, Lilia Mestre), is funded by the FWF/PEEK art based research grant of Austria.

With arts-based research at its heart, "CHOREO–GRAPHIC FIGURES: Deviations from the Line" stages an inter-subjective encounter between choreography, drawing and writing in order to a) investigate those forms of ‘thinking-feeling-knowing’ produced through collaborative, interdisciplinary exchange, ‘between the lines’ of drawing, dance and writing, b) explore the performativity of notation (figures of thought, speech and movement) for articulating and making tangible this enquiry,

c) contribute new knowledge and understanding to debates about the specificity of artistic enquiry and expanded practices of drawing, dance and writing.(see Publications)

The project explores the nature of ‘thinking-in-action’ produced as the practices of choreography, drawing and writing enter into dialogue, overlap and collide. Through processes of reciprocal exchange, dialogue and negotiation between the key researchers, "CHOREO–GRAPHIC FIGURES: Deviations from the Line" will interrogate the interstitial processes, practices and knowledge(s) produced in the ‘deviation’ for example, from page to performance, from word to mark, from line to action, from modes of flat image making towards transformational embodied encounters.

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