The work of Gilles Deleuze is of particular importance to the new materialist turn that is currently taking place in the various parts of academia but also throughout the arts. Starting from matter-in-movement, new materialism refuses to accept the transcendental as a point of departure but continues to show how all ideas necessarily follow from material constellations (from matter taking up form), the performing arts in particular have been interested in experimenting with new materialist authors. Returning to Deleuze’s philosophy of the body, and from there on discussing particular choreographies (from for instance LeineRoebana) the goal of this seminar and workshop is to see in what way the “expanded perception of the figure” (as Deleuze calls it) takes place in LeineRoebana’s Ghost Track. Consequently the key concepts discussed (from Deleuze’s work and from contemporary new materialist writings) will be put to work in a series of practices (from the work of Pina Bausch to your own projects) in order to achieve what this kind of thinking does best: searching for new ideas (on dance) starting from the new movements of matter.
November 21st, 2013 (session not public)
Rick Dolphijn is assistant professor in cultural theory at the Media and Culture Studies Department, Utrecht University, the Netherlands and Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Humanities at the same institute. He has written on material culture and the arts in journals like Angelaki, Deleuze Studies and Collapse. His latest book, co-authored with Iris van der Tuin, is entitled New Materialism: Interviews and Cartographies (Open Humanities Press, 2012).