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Time to Meet: Alva Noë, Jess Curtis, Claire Cunningham

Talk by Alva Noë, Jess Curtis / Gravity, 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).

Performance with Claire Cunningham & Jess Curtis "The Way you look (at Me) Tonight" .
Workshop with Claire Cunningham & Jess Curtis "Watch me Watch You" .

Alva Noë

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“.

Jess Curtis / Gravity

Gravity creates exceptionally engaging body-based art that physically addresses issues and ideas of relevance to anyone with a body. The company was founded in 2000 by choreographer-director Jess Curtis, whose work ranges from the underground extremes of San Francisco warehouse performances with such iconic companies as Contraband and CORE in the 1980s, to the exuberance of French circus tents with Compagnie Cahin-Caha, and the refinement of state theaters in Berlin, London, Glasgow, and other major cultural centers. Gravity’s innovative, accessible, and experimental work consistently engages with issues of embodied diversity including gender, sexuality, and disability.

Claire Cunningham

Claire Cunningham is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow, Scotland. One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham’s work is rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality. This runs alongside a deep interest in the lived experience of disability and its implications not only as a choreographer but also in terms of societal notions of knowledge, value, connection and interdependence. www.clairecunningham.co.uk

Free Admission