This chapter concentrates on issues of collaboration between the arts and sciences, with special reference to Choreography and Cognition, a joint research project (see http://www.choreocog.net) initiated by arts researcher Scott deLahunta and choreographer Wayne McGregor that engaged practitioners from the field of cognitive science in seeking connections between creativity, choreography and the scientific study of movement and the mind. First, deLahunta briefly describes how initial ideas evolved into a six-month research project involving several cognitive scientists and the support of an arts and science research fund. There follows discussion about why a choreographer might be interested in cognitive science in structured collaboration. Cognitive scientist Phil Barnard explains the background and one of the resulting experiments that took place and proposes further mutually beneficial research. In the final section, Wayne McGregor details his experience of working with cognitive scientists on Choreography and Cognition, which inspired the creation of AtaXia (2004) and inspired future plans.
|Title of host publication||Contemporary Choreography: A Critical Reader|
|Editors||Jo Butterworth, Liesbeth Wildschut|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon, UK|
|Publication status||Published - 28 May 2009|