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Forum dans # 3 in cooperation with #choreography: Marie-Luise Angerer

Angerer about «Genealogical Aspects of the Material Turn: from language to affect, from representation to diffraction, so far.”

Throughout a large part of the 20th century, the body was interpreted as a field of signs, the meaning of which pointed to an unconscious dimension. Starting in the early 1990s, however, a deep shift occured in the way the body was interpreted. A new movement cast tremendous doubt on the hegemony of language and instead advocated a performative, pictorial and affective approach – the so-called „new material turn“. In the words of Karen Barad, this turn inquired as to why meaning, history and truth are assigned to language only, whereas the movements of materiality are given less prominence: "How did language come to be more trustworthy than matter? Why are language and culture granted their own agency and historicity while matter is figured as passive and immutable." With this shift towards the material, bodies began to be seen in a different light and their materiality understood as something that follows its own laws and movements. At the same time, the developments in media technology are characterized by an intensification that consists in understanding once separate entities as radically open systems. Human and animal bodies, technical and “natural” environments, are connected in complex ways via processes of organic sentience and algorithmic sensors. Donna Haraway’s companion species, Lynn Margulis’s parasites, and Myra Hird’s micro-ontology all point to processes of contagion, infiltration, and multiple agencies that call not only for a thinking in relations but for a thinking “as embedded, embodied and even ... as the very ‘stuff of the world’.” (Asberg, Thiele & van der Tuin 2015, 152)

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Marie-Luise Angerer is professor of Media Studies at the Department for Art and Media, University of Potsdam. Before that she was professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Visiting fellow and guestprofessor in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. Member of the European Network How Matter comes to Matter (2014-2018), and of the Research Network Affective and Psychotechnology Studies (DFG 2015-2017) The focus of her research is on media technology, affect and neuroscientific reformulations of desire, sexuality, and the body. Her most recent publications include Eccology of Affect. Intensive Milieus and Contingent Encounters (meson press, 2017), Desire After Affect (Rowman and Littlefield Intl., 2014), Timing of Affect (co-edited with Bernd Bösel and Michaela Ott, University of Chicago, diaphanes, 2014), Choreography, Media, Gender (co-edited with Yvonne Hardt and Anna-Carolin Weber, diaphanes, 2013).

Forum Dans and #choreography

Forum Dans was established by the Academy of Dance at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) in the fall of 2018. The aim of the forum is to open up and expand the room for debate and dialogue regarding relevant issues and topics within the field of dance. Forum Dance # 3 is a collaboration with #choreography, a lecture series created by Rosalind Goldberg in relation to her Ph.D. project. #Choreography aims to open for questions and give an insight into thoughts alongside her research project.