Bill T. Jones and Roger Berkowitz,
The Life of the Mind and Floating the Tongue
Performed by Leah Cox
In her 1978 work, The Life of the Mind, thinker Hannah Arendt outlines the distinction between mental and physical activity and discusses the nature of consciousness. In the same era, Mr. Jones created Floating the Tongue, a solo improvisation that seeks to reveal the activity of the mind as the body moves, delving into the experience of consciousness. A live performance of this seminal work will be the touchstone for a discussion of the philosophy of thought, action, and consciousness as it relates to the world of art and the act of creating.
Roger Berkowitz, Associate Professor of Political Studies and Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Ethical and Political Thinking joined Mr. Jones for this discussion on December 1, 2010 in the Bard Fisher Center
In August 2011, artist Yuki Kihara travelled to Germany with the support of the Visitor's program from the Goethe-Institut to investigate museum archives held across Germany to research materials related to the German administration of Samoa from 1900 till 1914. The research followed the traces of historical footprints of several groups of Samoans including men, women and small children who travelled and toured extensively across cities in Germany including Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Cologne where they were exhibited in a zoo - a practise commonly known as ‘Völkerschau’ a popular form of exotic entertainment and colonial theatre at the time.
Conceptually informed by the Samoan participation in the ‘Völkerschauen’, ‘Culture for Sale’ is the title of the interdisciplinary work which features a live public performance and video installation conceived by Kihara where the live performance featured Samoan dancers who were instructed only to perform briefly when they were paid money by the audience. The video installation also echoed the performance and where the audience were able to pay-per-view the footage of the performance by incerting 20 coin into the coin slot machine placed next to each monitor presented as a 'vending machine'.
‘Culture for Sale’ explores the commercialization of Samoan culture in the so called ‘post-colonial’ era in the wake of the 50th Anniversary of the Independence of Samoa in June 2012.
The 'Culture for Sale' documentary is commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4a Centre for Contemporary Asian Art for Sydney Festival 2012. Directed by Shigeyuki Kihara. Edited by Filmmaker Kirsty MacDonald.
'Culture for Sale' is the third and the final project Shigeyuki Kihara has created for ‘Edge of Elsewhere’ – a major 3 year project commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4a Centre for Contemporary Asian Art for Sydney Festival 2010/2011/2012.
In 1997 film-maker Katrina McPherson tried to get a film commissioned about the largely overlooked work and life of dancer and choreographer Margaret Morris.
That film was never made.
Nearly twenty years later, Katrina was commissioned to respond to the Margaret Morris archive and invited three fellow dance film-makers to join her.
This film is what they made.
Natalia Barua, Owa Barua, Simon Ellis and Katrina McPherson.
single screen film (8 mins/stereo/2016) + 22 screen installation (5 mins/2016)
Commissioned by Horsecross Arts for Threshold artspace, and acquired for the Horsecross Arts collection of contemporary art. Premièred as part of Movement exhibition, 15 Oct 2016 – 15 Jan 2017 at Threshold artspace, Perth Concert Hall, Scotland. Movement: an homage to Margaret Morris in drama, dance, music and film; curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Wendy Timmons.
Supported by C-DaRE (Centre for Dance Research), Coventry University and Creative Scotland.
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