Activity: External talk or presentation › Invited talk
Abstract: Contemporary medicine is increasingly concerned with the profound impact of social isolation and broken social structures on individual well-being and health, and debates on environmental sustainability are advancing notions of constructive communities in the search for a better future. Much of screen performance however portrays athletic, idealised individuals and spectacular acts, which may produce a ‘wow’ effect but add little to our understanding of communal relations, dynamics and potentials. My question is, how can screen-based representations, screen performance and Screendance reflect on contemporary communities, and what can Screendance contribute to these debates? I will look at the work of choreographer, composer and filmmaker Meredith Monk, in particular her film Ellis Island (Rosen and Monk, 1982), as well as Michael Haneke’s Code Unknown (2000) and The White Ribbon (2009), and earlier experimental Screendance such as the work of Amy Greenfield, to explore subjecthood on screen. I will consider cinematic and choreographic strategies such a depersonalisation, and the sculpting of space and time through ritualised action.