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Research interests

Claudia Kappenberg’s research focuses on moving image, live and interdisciplinary performance practices and screendance, as well as the historical and theoretical narratives which underpin these practices. She is concerned with visual literacy, performance philosophy and concepts of body-mind integration, and their exploration within cinematic, choreographic and performative practices. This work is framed by a wider interest in questions of representation, feminist discussions and contemporary debates on neoliberalist politics and their impact on the artist and artistic production.

PhD application for research in related fields are welcome. For further information see TECHNE.

In her visual and performance practice Claudia Kappenberg draws on a background of dance and visual arts to create minimal choreographies which examine patterns of the everyday. The work is often developed for particular sites or reconfigured in their relocation to other sites and exhibited in the form of live interventions, gallery based performances or screen-based installations. The work has been shown in Europe, the United States and the Middle East.

Claudia Kappenberg is a founder-editor of the International Journal of Screendance and peer-reviews for a number of journals, as well as for research councils such as the British AHRC and the Canadian SSHRC. She undertakes consultancy for Screendance initiatives, juries on related film selection panels, and is regularly invited to speak at Screendance festivals such as in Buenos Aires, Limerick, Bordeaux, Brussels, Wuppertal, Basel, Bucharest, Freiburg. She has been guest lecturer at the École des Beaux Arts de Grenoble (France), Akademie der Künste (Munich, Germany) and Hazira Performing Arts (Jerusalem, Israel).

Claudia Kappenberg trained in Modern Dance, Butoh and Movement Analysis and danced professionally in Europe and New Zealand before coming to London in 1991.  She completed an MA Fine Art/Film and Video at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 1998 and taught at Central Saint Martins and London Guildhall University until 2002. She worked freelance as videographer for Tate Modern, Tate Britain and independent arts organisations.

Supervisory Interests

My supervisory interests lie in moving image, live and interdisciplinary performance practices and screendance, as well as the historical and theoretical narratives which underpin these practices, such as performance philosophy and concepts of body-mind integration, questions of representation, as well as contemporary debates on neoliberalist politics and their impact on the artist and artistic production.

My expertise is in practice-based PhDs and in interdicsiplinary practices and discourses. My own PhD explored the notion of uselessness as a strategy for contemporary performance practices, and considered historical debates on use and uselessness particularly within French philosophical and literary traditions, drawing on the writing of Catherine Clément and Georges Bataille.

Keywords

  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • Screendance
  • performance art
  • site-specific practices
  • film theory
  • moving image
  • choreography
  • B Philosophy (General)
  • Catherine Clément
  • Georges Bataille
  • Identity politics
  • Feminist theory
  • Uselessness
  • Sovereignty
  • Ritual
  • Body
  • Performativity
  • Performance Philosophy

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Research Output

Shore Variations

Kappenberg, C., 2 Sep 2018

Research output: Non-textual outputDigital or Visual Products

  • The Use of Uselessness

    Kappenberg, C., 31 Oct 2018, Performing Process: Sharing Dance and Choreographic Practice. Blades, H. & Meehan, E. (eds.). Intellect, p. 251-271 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

    Open Access
    File
  • A Space Without A Use

    Kappenberg, C., 16 Mar 2017

    Research output: Non-textual outputPerformance

    File
  • Incognito

    Kappenberg, C., 1 Mar 2017, In : Repères, cahier de danse. 38-39, p. 13-15 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • Too much of the Self

    Kappenberg, C., 29 May 2017, La syncope dans la performance et les arts visuels = Syncope in performing and visual arts. Dalmasso, F. & Jamet, S. (eds.). Paris: Editions Le Manuscrit, p. 75-100 26 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • Activities

    “Screen Choreographies at the Confluence of Material Bodies and Image Technologies.”

    Claudia Kappenberg (Presenter)
    23 Nov 2019

    Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

    “A Cinechoreography of Communal Differences.”

    Claudia Kappenberg (Presenter)
    7 Sep 2019

    Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

    Dancing in Common

    Claudia Kappenberg (Participant)
    9 Aug 2019

    Activity: EventsConference

    Film-Philosophy, University Of Brighton 2019

    Claudia Kappenberg (Participant)
    9 Jul 201911 Jul 2019

    Activity: EventsConference