In this evening performance, artist-scholars Michael J. Morris and Charli Brissey will present two current performance projects, Elemental Rites at the End of the Worldand Agua Viva: Choreographies of Water. Morris works with ritual structures for shifting consciousness, connecting to our embodiment of air/fire/water/earth, devising spontaneous rituals for healing and addressing political harm, incorporating astrology and tarot as movement scores, and creating dances as spells. Their performances and scholarship address the figure of the witch as a site of resistance to imperialist, colonialist, white supremacist, capitalist, heteropatriarchy. Brissey will share an iteration of their current multi-year research project, which turns to the oceans, natural water systems, and the deep-sea floor as potentially radical sites for imagining new futures in ecologically precarious times. Emerging through performance, video, sound design, and experimental writing, this project questions what gets identified as “technology” and the social, political, and ecological consequences of engaging with these systems and infrastructures.
This performance is part of the Art in the Anthropocene: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Performance, Technology, and Ecology taking place Monday, October 21 through Saturday, October 26. This interdisciplinary symposium will bring together artists and scholars across the fields of dance, art and design, science and technology studies, and women’s studies who are currently working at the intersections of performance, art, and ecology. Through workshops, performances, and open panels participants will be examining the relationship between the arts and sciences during what is commonly referred to as ‘The Anthropocene,” meaning the current epoch in which human impact on earthly geography is undeniable and irreversible.
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