The work takes as starting point neuroscientific understandings about how the body and mind work together to communicate, informed by dialogues with scientists including Guy Claxton, Guido Orgs, Anil Seth, and Manos Tsakiris. The dance artists explored how their special capacity enables them to tune their bodies to communicate their embodied sensing and knowing. The other artists brought interdisciplinary collaboration and perspectives. These ideas were further informed by the work of German art historian Aby Warburg, especially his Mnemosyne Atlas, a collection of thousands of images of humans gesturing from the history of art and popular culture. Warburg used these images set in dynamic relation to one another to chart gestures across time and space, arguing for universal embodied communication. These ideas, images, and changing relationships within the Atlas all informed the artists’ individual works and the way they were presented in changing relation in the installation.
Siobhan Davies convened the group of artists and worked with them to devise the structure for the work. She also created a body of work presented within it in collaboration with dance artist Helka Kaski. In Figuring Davies and Kaski created three short performances, each addressing the idea of communicative gestures and postures ‘welling up’ within them, drawing on memories and feeling in the performative situation.
|Publication status||Published - 20 Jan 2017|
Additional InformationTour Dates:
Barbican Curve, London: 20-28 January 2017
Tramway, Glasgow: 22-30 April 2017
The Whitworth, University of Manchester: 6-14 May 2017
Bluecoat, Liverpool:1-9 July 2017