Talk with Alva Noë, Jess Curtis, Claire Cunningham
"Time to Meet" is a series of open rehearsals and discussions, a meeting place for exchange and feedback on artistic processes, this time in the frame of ‘Open Spaces’ Festival with philosopher Alva Noë and the artists Jess Curtis and Claire Cunningham.
Playing the Periphery: Thoughts and Practices in Performance, Perception and Philosophy
Noted philosopher and author Dr. Alva Noë will talk about the proposals he makes in his recent book “Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature" and how they manifest in his current collaboration with choreographer/performers Claire Cunningham (UK) and Jess Curtis (Berlin/San Francisco).
Alva Noë is a writer and a philosopher living in Berkeley and New York. He works on the nature of mind and human experience. He is the author of “Action in Perception“ (MIT Press, 2004); “Out of Our Heads“ (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2009); and “Varieties of Presence“ (Harvard University Press, 2012). The central idea of these books is that consciousness is not something that happens inside us, or to us. It is something we do. Alva's new book on art and human nature, “Strange Tools,“ was released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on September 22, 2015. Alva received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1995 and is a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Center for New Media. He previously was a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has been philosopher-in-residence with The Forsythe Company and has also collaborated with dance artists Deborah Hay, Nicole Peisl, Jess Curtis, Claire Cunningham, Katye Coe, and Charlie Morrissey. Alva is a 2012 recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and a former fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. He is a weekly contributor to National Public Radio's science blog 13.7: “Cosmos and Culture“.
Claire Cunningham, Glasgow/UK. is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow. One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham's work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies) or the attempt to move with the pretense of a body or aesthetic other than her own. www.clairecunningham.co.uk