Art and Philosophy collaboration

"Engendering bodily experience"

 Using artistic research and methods of analytic philosophy, our project explores how awareness of gender and social power informs understanding of the self, embodiment and the social world.

Since July 2013, I have been working in collaboration with two philosophers from the University of Nottingham: Jules Holroyd and Komarine Romdenh-Romluc.

The project “Engendering Bodily Experience” initiates a dialogue between Art and Philosophy exploring the effects of social power on our bodily experience. The first participatory event took place in September at 'Stuff of Life festival' (Sherwood rise, Nottingham) where questions exploring bodily experience and aspects of the self were creatively asked to the audience.
On Saturday 21st September 2013, adults and children were invited to cut out paper body shapes and adorn them in whatever way they wished, irrespective of conventional norms of appearance. We also asked people to reflect on and respond to some philosophical questions that motivate our project.

On Friday 29th November, 6-8pm, at Backlit, our group will present some of the ideas and artwork in progress on which we are working. We will reflect on the answers given to questions, exploring bodily experience and aspects of the self, which we asked people at the Stuff of Life Festival in September. We will invite the audience to consider with us what these ideas might mean to them.

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