Date: Wednesday 22 November 2017
Venue: Rehearsal Studio 2, Caryl Churchill Theatre (directions)
Dissolution or Division: Conscious Uncouplings and Collaborative Collapse
This symposium brings together researchers and practitioners who wish to share ideas relating to the problems particular to working in groups: the challenges of collaboration, the disagreements and community-led conflict resolutions, the difficulties with acting professionally, and the desires to keep working together, despite it all.
What are the strategies that art, science, politics and theory might offer each other for navigating - possibly circumventing - the demise of relationships? If the working relationship breaks down, could the end of the group be considered a constitutive aspect of that group? These are questions about institutions as much as they are about interdependence on personal and planetary scales.
In response to the ecstatic energy of contemporary power to maintain a sense of constantly deepening crises, this event seeks to imagine a position where the discourse of crisis is overcome by an incorporation of difficulty into a different world. This confrontation with difficulty, neither positive nor negative, would circumnavigate pressing trends that avoid what is most important by pretending it does not exist, and worse, inventing new problems that prevent whatever group might still exist from being able to problem-solve. A way forward might be to consider, in a new group of people put together for this event, new perspectives on how division and dissolution, perhaps even non-alignment, might build solidarity. The event will include a discussion about the work that has been shown, with a hope to develop new strands of research and practice and end with a wine reception.
Nadira Wallace will present Defeated, Sea-wandering City-State & the Epic Poem, on attempting to write an epic poem using Virgil's Aeneid as a launch-pad and framing-device.
Aimee Le will present ‘A Left critique of the Männerbund’, a performance of critical reflections on neofascist theories of group formation and dissolution, introducing them as problems for the left problems of cultural difference, of the need for structure in order to coordinate effectively, and of the potential negative impacts of sexual relationships and sexual violence upon organising.
Libby Worth and Julie Brixey-Williams will show their recent film made with Film Maker Bucy McDonald, Passing Between Folds (2017). They will talk briefly about their collaborative relationship and the challenges of working across the disciplines of dance, sculpture and, more recently, film.
Generative Constraints will show Break Up Variations, a work-in-progress performance of collaborative experiments. This performance considers the possibility that an end to a dream of symbiotic life is exactly what makes that dream possible and important.
This event is organised by Generative Constraints, a group of practice-based researchers
researchers – Diana Damian, Kate Potts, Nisha Ramayya, Nik Wakefield and Eley Williams.
Libby Worth is Reader in the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance at Royal Holloway.
Julie Brixley-Williams is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, with pieces in public and private collections. Alongside her collaborative relationship with Libby Worth, she is also a founder member of the collective point and place (put in italics please) www.juliebrixey-williams.co.uk
Nadira Wallace is PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway.
Aimee Le is a PhD candidate in English at Royal Holloway.