Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line

With artistic research at its heart, Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line  stages a beyond disciplinary, inter-subjective encounter between the lines of choreography, drawing and writing. Its core focus is to explore those forms of thinking-in-action produced through collaborative exchange, in the slippage and deviation when different modes of practice enter into dialogue, overlap, collide.

The publication is conceived as a studio-laboratory in itself, drawing together critical reflections and experimental practices that focus on the how-ness  — the qualitative-processual, aesthetic-epistemological and ethico-empathetic dynamics — within shared artistic exploration, directing attention to an affective realm of forces and intensities existing before, between and beneath the more readable gestures of artistic practice.

Cultivating sensitivity towards the barely perceptible micro-movements within the process of artistic ‘sense-making’ has wider structural — even political — implications at the level of the macro, encouraging the de-, re- and trans-figuring of our ways of being in the world, inviting new forms of relationality, sociality and solidarity. Hybrid of an artists’ book and research compendium, Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line invokes action by operating as a score that can be activated by others, providing artists, theorists and creative practitioners with a modular toolkit of performative and notational approaches for future experimental play.

Based on original research and edited by Nikolaus Gansterer, Emma Cocker and Mariella Greil.

With contributions by Alex Arteaga, Arno Böhler, Christine De Smedt, Catherine de Zegher, Christopher Dell, Gerhard Dirmoser, Karin Harrasser, Adrian Heathfield, Victor Jaschke, Simona Koch, Krassimira Kruschkova, Brandon LaBelle, Erin Manning, Dieter Mersch, Lilia Mestre, Werner Moebius, Alva Noë, Jeanette Pacher, Jörg Piringer, Helmut Ploebst, P.A. Skantze, Andreas Spiegl.

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Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line

Nikolaus Gansterer, Emma Cocker, Mariella Greil (eds.)

Published in the series “Edition Angewandte” by Walter de Gruyter, Berlin/Boston, 2017.

ISBN 978-3-11-054660-6

Format: 22.8 x 16.5 cm
394 pages with numerous color images, diagrams and 3 foldout pages.
Language: English

Graphic design and book concept: Simona Koch /
Translations: David Ender; Mariella Greil
Copy editing: Jeanette Pacher
Cover image: Nikolaus Gansterer

Generously supported by the FWF – Austrian Science Fund through the PEEK-programme.

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Scheduled book presentations:

On Saturday 29 April 2017, 14:15 – 17:15, at the 8th International Conference on Artistic Research at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki, Finland.

On Friday 5 May 2017,19:00 – 21:00, at the AILab Vienna, Austria.

On Sunday 21 May 2017, in the frame work of the  inter-symposium “Along Lines”, at Nida Art Colony of the Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania.

On 9 June 2017, in the framework of the symposium “Zeichen Setzen”, co-organized by KU Linz & University of Art and Design Linz; & Anton Bruckner University, Linz, Austria.

On 12 August afternoon 2017 in the framework of the ImPulsTanz festival symposium “Life Long Burning – Crisis? What Crisis?!” at Ehemaliges k. und k. Post- und Telegraphenamt, 1070 Vienna, Austria.

On 14 November 2017, 19:00 – 20:30 at the Crossing Borders Talks in the 2017 series at Independent Dance at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, London, UK

On 8 June 2018, 18:00 – 21:00, at the Salon fuer Aesthetische Experimente, Universität der Künste, Room 101 (Alte Bibliothek), Hardenbergstraße 33, 10623 Berlin, Germany. With Alexander Damianisch, Head of Research at The University of Applied Arts Vienna, who will act as a respondent in the follow on conversation.

On 27 October 2018, 16:00, at WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium:“Thinking Through Practices”
A presentation through practices of two books written through practices, as a framework to reflect collectively on the role of publishing in the context of artistic research. Although very different in form, the writing processes articulate practice and thought as two naturally and necessarily interwoven things. We invite to a moment where some of the practices through which these books are existing now will be performed and made present as ways of thinking. The two publications “Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line”, Nikolaus Gansterer, Emma Cocker, Mariella Greil (eds.), DeGruyter, Berlin, 2017 and “Thinking Conditioning through Practice”, Alex Arteaga and Heike Langsdorf (eds.) APE, Ghent, 2018 serve as platform for three performances in different media followed by a open discussion with the audience: Alex Arteaga & Nikolaus Gansterer: acousmatic translecture; Julien Bruneau: excerpt of the performance some crosscuts of some of our improbable bodies, with Anouk Llaurens and Sonia Si Ahmed; Miriam Rohde, Laetitia Gendre & Heike Langsdorf: From where we are (becoming a spatial participant); Kristof Van Baarle sends a series of postcards spelling a couple of questions and thoughts on the two books stimulating a conversation between contributors and audience. Free admission.

Further presentations are in preparation and will be announced via the website.

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“Expanding the Vocabulary”, Sabina Holzer, in: Corpus Magazine online (09.11.2017)

“Noting down the moment”, Scilog magazine, online, (28.08.2017)

“Die Notation des Augenblicks”, Scilog magazine, online, (28.08.2017)

“SAR 2017 – Society for Artistic Research”, Helsinki, conference review by Azadeh Fatehrad, in: RUUKKU magazine, online, (22.05.2017)

– “Mit Kunst den wissenschaftlichen Rahmen sprengen” in: Der Standard Spezial, Beate Hausbichler/Tanja Traxler, (17.04.2015)

Choreo-graphic Figures, in: Angewandte Magazine_Thema International Cooperations Issue 07 / 2015, p.8