Power, Creativity and the Body 
Saturday 5th of July 2014

St Luke's Community Centre
Central Street EC1V 8AJ

An afternoon seminar exploring relationships between the body, creativity, political power and empowerment.  Featuring:

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance Choreographic Thinking Tools

Is it possible for a great artist to disseminate their working methods for the benefit of everyone?  How do the creative processes of choreography take place in the brain?  And is it possible to map those processes into visual forms?

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance will present a session on their research over the past ten years investigating creativity in dance. A facilitated discussion between theoretical cognitive psychologist Phil Barnard and company dancer Catarina Carvalho will explore the collaboration that led to the creation of the Choreographic Thinking Tools and how these tools are being disseminated and used in the wider world.

Royal Society for the Arts Design and Rehabilitation
Can imaginative re-thinking of our environment, through design, help empower us and change our relationship to it?  Is it possible to democratise design for the benefit of the everyday lives of individuals with serious injuries?

Sevra Davis (Associate Director of Design, RSA) will present findings from their long-running and groundbreaking Design and Rehabilitation initiative.  The project involved people with spinal cord injuries being taught design as a route to independence, resourcefulness and greater control over their lives.  

Justice for Domestic Workers Collaborating with Artists
Can artists and arts organisations work effectively with voluntary groups to further their political and social aims?  Is contemporary art a crucial platform in which relationships between the body and labour, work and exploitation, can be explored and highlighted? 

Artist Rehana Zeman will talk about working with Justice for Domestic Workers, a self-directed organisation of migrant workers who work in private houses in the UK.  They mount demonstrations and campaigns highlighting the working conditions of migrant labourers, network together and build links between individuals in similar situations, and seek to educate the wider public about their work and the issues around migrant workers and domestic labour.  

Spare Tyre Empowering Unheard Communities
How can arts organisations work with marginalised communities in a truly participatory way? How can arts projects help to challenge prejudice and empower people with learning disabilities and advanced dementia? 

Artist, musician and Spare Tyre Associate, Alice Theobold, will present some of the outreach projects she has worked on that use creative activity to give a platform to unheard communities. She will speak about Spare Tyre's participatory approach and the way she uses interdisciplinary arts with people with learning disabilities and people with advanced dementia to create immersive environments that empower participants as creative beings.

Jenny Richards, Chair 
Jenny Richards' research and writing focus on the politics of collaborative practices. Recent projects include Manual Laboursan ongoing programme of research with Sophie Hope, exploring physical relationships to work, We Build Families: The aesthetics of Domestic Labour - Critical Cities Vol.4 - a text written with Marrissa Begonia and Louise Shelley on the work of 'Justice for Domestic Workers', and Home Economics, a post-graduate research project with Curatorlab, Konstfack University of Crafts, Arts and Design, Stockholm.

Further presentations to be confirmed.

FREE but booking essential