How are passions or insanities produced opera and ballet, or in spectacles of live art? How might such performances generate space and atmospheres? How might bodies performing/experiencing emotion move/be moved through spaces? What kind of political material is the voice as a connecting medium between performer and audience?
This day symposium brings together researchers who are interested in the capacities and aesthetics of the voice in performance, and its spatial politics. The symposium title uses cultural theorist Jennifer Doyle’s phrase 'unruly emotions' (2013) to signal contemporary art's use of emotion and affect as artistic materials, often manifested by those working in the traditions of live art and performance. Such work involves specific bodies that inhabit particular places, an understanding which chimes with both musicology's study of performances, and also cultural geography’s recent attention to affect and spatial politics
Presentations and performances have been selected to encourage dialogue and debate between the fields of fine art practice, cultural geography and music. The event showcases a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches to voice, space and unruly or excessive or unreasonable emotion. We delighted that artist Hannah Jones will open the conference with a new performance “Owed to the Afrofuture” and Dr Naomi Matsumoto, Goldsmiths, University of London, will present the closing keynote lecture.
Please note this symposium is limited to 50 participants including presenters.
Please release your free ticket if no longer able to attend.
A vegetarian sandwich lunch and refreshments will be provided.
10.30-11.00 Arrival and registration
11.00-11.10 Welcome and introduction to interdisciplinary themes
11.00-11.30 Performance: Hannah Jones “Owed to the Afrofuture”
11.30-12.30 Short papers:
Linda Stupart “A Spell to Bind All-Male Conference Panels”
Elisabeth Belgrano “Glories to Nothingness”
Charlotte Veal “Spatial Politics of Dance Performance and Protest”
Sarah Jones “A Three Legged Man and Other Inquisitive Fruits”
Raju Rage “There May Not Be Materiality of Sex That Is Not Burdened By The Sex Of Materiality”
Emma Bolland “Talking to Myselves”
Joseph Noonan-Ganley “Excerpt from Femme Fabrications”
13.30-14.30 Vegetarian lunch (provided)
Beatrice Loft Schulz and Laura Morrison “Be The Unbearable Centre”
Robin Bale “KKKaaa”
Daniel Litchman “The Death of Michael C Ruppert”
15.30-16.30 Short papers:
Terence Curran & Alison Wells “Miss Donnithorne’s Unruly Emotions”
Phil Emerson “Whose Laugh Is It Anyway?”
Brian Inglis “The Song of Margery Kempe”
16.30-17.00 Tea and Biscuits
17.00 Panel discussion on interventions/performances
18.00 Naomi Matsumoto: Keynote lecture "Controlling the Unruly: Art, Stylized Performance and Symbols of Feeling"
Organising Team at the University of Oxford:
Belinda Robinson, Department of Music
Rhian Scott, Department of Geography
Nina Wakeford, Ruskin School of Art
Supported by TORCH.