Kinesthesia Festival

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


16-18th July 2021, Middlesex University and Zoom

Initiated by artists Dominique Rivoal and Claire Loussouarn, this new festival has been curated and produced collectively by them, freelance film curator Gitta Wigro and co-directors of ID Heni Hale and Nikki Tomlinson. The programmed works were found via an international open call, and selected by the festival team with guest panellist Adesola Akinleye.

Bringing together wide interests in dance, somatic practices, experimental film and sensory ethnography, Kinesthesia focuses on movement beyond visual impact and narrative to consider the whole range of sensory experiences, including visceral, proprioceptive and haptic awareness.
This edition combines screenings, short workshops, installations and discursive sessions that attend to the subtler felt sense of the body. We are delighted that it will be framed by keynote speakers Karen Wood and Rosa Cisneros.

A kinesthetic conversation:
Focal points between proprioception and exteroception
We are delighted that Kinesthesia will be framed by keynote speakers Rosa Cisneros and Karen Wood in conversation. Karen is the author of Kinesthetic Empathy: Conditions for Viewing and Rosa is an artist and scholar.

The conversation between Rosa and Karen will be grounded in empathy – as artists and artist researchers who have similar interests in screendance. They will frame the conversation with the concept of kinesthetic empathy and how audiences experience pleasure and displeasure from their relationship with narrative, rhythm, emotional connection, space, environment and community. Their experience of making and researching screendance, immersive environments and exhibitions will contribute to the discussion and they will navigate corporeality, ethics and sense-making in the process.
Period16 Jul 202118 Jul 2021
Held atMiddlesex University, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Kinesthesia
  • Moving image
  • Screen studies
  • screendance
  • Dance
  • Somatics
  • technology