Published 13 February 2019
The future of our planet is unlikely, unpredictable, innovative and deeply interwoven; an improvisation at a planetary scale. As our world continues to warm, we are learning to expect the unexpected, learning to flow, move, collaborate and make space.
Making Space is the latest public program from the Sydney Environment Institute, and this time, we’ve added a twist. Curated by Michelle St Anne, this off-campus series partners with 107 Projects to ask what happens when performers, artists and academics approach the act of ‘making space’ hand in hand.
Each month, we explore questions of evolution and creativity in uncertain times, by throwing together unlikely bedfellows to recraft and react though conversation, performance, improvisation and collaboration. The intimacy of the performance space becomes an incubator within which we can examine the different methods to approach and communicate the act of ‘making space’ in the ever-shifting global environment.
Post conversation, there will be a bespoke experimental music performance, curated by E M U S (Exploratory Music Sydney) an organisation promoting improvised, exploratory, experimental music and sound art in Sydney and its surrounds.
With this series, we hope to create an environment that celebrates making space for dreaming, imagination, collaboration in the face of uncertain futures, and most importantly, making space for each other.
Making Space I: Bodies, Space and the Anthropocene
Bodies, Space and the Anthropocene builds on the 2019 Sydney Festival event Talking Dance: Hacking the Anthropocene by Critical Path and Strange Attractor. This event, in partnership with Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, prefaced a week long workshop which brought together choreographers and specialists from other disciplines, that asked artists and academics to respond to the idea of the Anthropocene. We pick up this conversation again, this time including the choreographers to reflect on the process of making work in artist-non-artist collaborations and ways of thinking-through-practice in the Anthropocene.
Astrida Neimanis is a feminist writer, researcher, and teacher. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies and a Key Researcher with the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney on Gadigal land, in Sydney, Australia. Often thinking and making in collaboration with others, her work focuses on water, weather, and other environmental bodies in the Anthropocene. Her most recent book is Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology (2017).
Bek Conroy is an artist, critical thinker and writer across interdisciplinary and intercultural contexts, and has been active in developing an artist led practice and philosophy in Australia, the USA and South East Asia. She has worked with key arts organisations across Australia: Vitalstatistix, Diversity Arts Australia, Performance Space, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Pact Theatre, ArtSpace, Urban Theatre Projects, Watch this Space, Lismore Regional Art Gallery, as well as collaborating with many leading artists in Sydney and internationally.
Sarah Pini is a choreographer, anthropologist and PhD candidate at Macquarie University working interdisciplinary on embodied cognition in distinct dance practices. Her PhD project adopts an ethnographic approach to the study of the cognitive ecologies and the dimensions of variation in the enactment of ‘stage presence’ across different dance genres and performers. Sarah is currently developing a longitudinal documentary dance film series (INFINITO) that explores the relationship to illness and its transformational aspects from a phenomenological and autoethnographic perspective.
Jodie McNeilly-Renaudie is an independent choreographer, researcher and dance dramaturg working across the disciplines of dance and philosophy. Her performance work has been focused upon making group choreographies (Performance Space, Carriageworks, Seymour Centre, Riverside, Campbelltown Arts Centre) and researching transitions for a compositional system (Critical Path, Dirty Feet, Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Jodie has lectured in choreography, theatre and performance at Monash, Macquarie and UNSW. She holds a doctorate in Performance Studies (Sydney Uni) and is completing a second doctorate in philosophy on the phenomenology of belief at ACU.
Clare Cooper & Eric Avery
The Making Space series is part of Sydney Environment Institute’s Sites of Violence research project.