“Unstable Equilibrium / Instabiles Gleichgewicht” Maya Deren 100
Symposium/Screenings/Interventions June 16-18 2017
Location: Neuer Kunstverein Wuppertal e.V., Wuppertal, Germany
Call for papers: submission deadline: 5 December 2016
2017 marks the year of Maya Deren’s 100th anniversary. Born in 1917, the Avant-Garde filmmaker, dancer, poet, writer, anthropologist and catalyst for what is called Choreo-Cinéma, has influenced artists and thinkers from different fields, in particular those interested in experimental film and in the intersection of film and dance. In 2017 her work is still relevant in terms of the images it offers, the stories it tells and the questions it asks about individual experience, communal traditions and our narratives. The interdisciplinarity of her work marks her as a pioneer of hybrid visual languages and has much to offer to contemporary artists whose work increasingly negotiates between different practices, languages and traditions. Whilst being highly refined and specific Deren’s work claims a “touche-à-tout”. This event will reflect on Deren’s work from several perspectives, to re-examine not only her films, but also her writing and her anthropological research into Haitian rituals and voudoun. Maya Deren 100 will run over three days and in three parts, with a symposium, a series of screenings, and interventions by contemporary artists.
Maya Deren – REpositioned aims to historically review and contextualise her work, her principles, aesthetics and methods from diverse contemporary perspectives. Engaging with Deren’s artistic, theoretical and pedagogical discourse, the symposium aims to foster discussions on choreographic, visual and performative languages, on the role and potentiality of narratives, on collaborations and on the idea of metamorphosis or change as suggested by Deren’s notion of Unstable Equilibrium. Furthermore, proposals are invited that examine Deren’s writings on ritual, her concern with time, space and matter, as well as those engaging with dialogues between (digital) screen bodies and live bodies, screen space and narrative time. Finally, Deren’s output as both female artist/auteur and as the main performer in her work is to be re-examined from today’s point of view.
Papers and project presentations may include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
→ Film & digital bodies vs live bodies
→ Choreo-Cinéma as/vs live performance
→ Film & poetry (e.g. vertical and other narratives)
→ Film & ritual, ritual and play
→ Anthropology as practice
→ Relation to time, space and place
→ Film and dance and relevant hybrid language
→ Documentation as practice (including the subject/object in front and behind the camera)
→ Instability, hybridity and continuity in the arts
Proposals should be no more than 300 words and must include:
- Presentation title
- 300 word abstract, to include a brief description of the questions, concepts and topics to be explored
- Preferred presentation format/approach
- AV requirements
- Short biography
Maya Deren 100/Unstable Equilibrium is a project produced by Tanzrauschen e.V. (Sigurd-Christian Evers and Kerstin Hamburg) and Neuer Kunstverein Wuppertal e.V., organized in collaboration with initiator/artistic director Florence Freitag, as well as curators Claudia Kappenberg (University of Brighton, UK, International Journal of Screendance) and Dr. Elinor Cleghorn.