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Friday, October 14
Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th St., room 510
3:00-5:00 pm

Verb Lists - Knowledge Done Again [DIYU; W]
Trine Friis (University of Copenhagen)
Sidsel Nelund (University of Copenhagen)

The workshop explores the physical aspects of learning and the relationship between bodily interpretation and text. By translating seminal texts on learning into literal body movements, the presenters wish to physically unfold the discourse of the current focus on learning in art. As learning processes and institutional power relations are changing these years it seems pertinent to investigate how these changes effects our bodily behavior. The aim of the exercise is to reflect upon the expectations that such a focus demands of our bodies and of our physical performance by asking: what type of verbs is in power (active, passive, fast, slow)? How do these verbs shape the actions of our bodies? The actions of the workshop is developed verb lists, which will be handed out and undergo a number of transformations during the session. Participants will be divided into two groups and will physically enact the verbs. The enactments will be video recorded and swapped with the other group, which will observe the movements and compile a new list of verbs based on the enactments. As such, the workshop will oscillate between text and movement, thought and action, theory and practice. By the act of reframing knowledge into literal body movements and inviting the participants to go through this process, presenters hope to create a reflexive and critical discussion about the tactile side-effects of what has been coined ‘the educational turn’.

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