Unsettling Creative Collaboration


Co-conveners: Claudia Bernal (Université du Québec à Montréal), Em Piro (York University), Leah Wilks (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaingn) André Rosa (Universidade de Coimbra)

Through multilingual conversation, movement practices, vocalization, and other creative exercises we will explore the interlocking themes of Body, Space and Identity. Collaboratively, we will create an artistic intervention that unsettles the notion of fixed borders as the primary way we build our subjectivities. What does it mean to unsettle our geographies, our genders, our sexualities, our nationalities, our races, our ages, our abilities, our desires to “get it” and understand linguistically? What new spaces of creative possibility open when we don’t begin with a language—whether corporeal or discursive—in common? How do we create practices of, and spaces for, intimacy as a group of “strangers?” How do we practice being present in the unknown?

Sponsors: Hemispheric Institute of Politics & Performance/ Instituto hemisférico de performance & Política

School of the arts, media, performance & design, Université York University

Social Sciences and Humanities Researche Council of Canada / Conseil de recherche en sciences humaines du Canada

October 5-8, 2017, Toronto, Canada