For a few years now, there has been a lively debate in the art world about (partly) autonomous objects and the entanglements between human and nonhuman actors. What issues are related to staging a specific autonomy of objects? How can the emancipation of objects be defined in an age of digitalisation, an age in which values are specified in terms of disembodiment rather than objectification? Martina Ruhsam’s lecture will try to relate natural scientist Karen Barad’s agential realism to issues of performance studies in order to propose a new political reading of materialism. Ruhsam will question the outcomes that resulted from neglecting the human body in dance in favour of a renewed focus on objects and whether choreography can be defined in terms of Karen Barad’s concept of intra-action.
born in Linz, is an artist, theoretician und lecturer. Her artistic works and collaborations have been invited to various European institutions. She was part of the editorial team at Corpus and Maska and she worked at the theory department of Tanzquartier from 2008 to 2009.
In 2011, she published her monography Kollaborative Praxis: Choreographie. Since 2016, she has been a research assistant and lecturer at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen, where she is currently also completing her dissertation project.
The lecture will be followed by an open discussion moderated by Janez Janša.