DBR – writing lab

02.10.2019 | Maeve O’Brien Braun

100 things about the body I’m interested in:

  1. materiality – weight, composition, morphology
  2. mobility in realtion to itself
  3. mobility in the world
  4. processes of transformation
  5. capacity to transform and be transformed by the invironment
  6. capacity to move other bodies —> power
  7. sensoriality
  8. ability to empathize with other bodies
  9. inability to actually experience life from another perspective
  10. individual’s ability to translate feelings into emotions
  11. the potentiality created for not knowing its limits
  12. the ability to push limits through training
  13. learning processes
  14. processes of translating information in order to cognitively understand things
  15. it needs another body even to be alone
  16. impossibility to grasp its complexity
  17. the fact that, even though for twestern culture “the body” is a given, it is not so for certain other cultures
  18. capacity of healing itself
  19. it is energy
  20. it can be used as an energy channel
  21. it can learn to be noticed
  22. it can learn to be invisible
  23. it can (re)create reality
  24. nervous system
  25. skin
  26. porosity
  27. it produces sounds (uncontrollable)
  28. it can intentionally produce sounds
  29. it can transform other matter into energy
  30. it exchanges gases with the outside
  31. it needs trees
  32. it’s an animal
  33. it has hot blood
  34. it can mould its own shape
  35. the bones are alive
  36. its connection to the movement of the moon

Devising a strong “thesis statement” to guide your writing

  • Does it crystalise your point of view? Is it a debatable point? 1. Go beyond simple sumary or description / 2. Take up a position or interpretation that is not (immediately) obvious so that it can’t be immediately dismissed
  • Con it be argued? Does it ask to be suported by sources? 1. Ask yourself if it really can be anlysed? / 2. Ask yourself if you think there is evidence to support it? What would this be?
  • Who would benefit from having your point of view? / 1. Are you sharing more than a belief or opinion?

Essay: “4 choreographic portraits” – Christine de Smedt

What is the broader subject area you will explore? choreography

What central topic you are interested in? authorship

What theme (concept, notion, problem) do you plan to focus on? documentation


Schneider, R. (2008). The Document Performance. In: Brine, D. The live art almanac. London: Live Art Development Agency. pp. 117-120. (lecture 6)

Phelan, P. (1993). The ontology of performance: representation without reproduction. (lecture 6)

Auslander, P. (2006). The Performativity of Performance Documentation. PAJ 84. pp. 1-10. (lecture 6)

Schneider, R. (2001), Archives Performance Remains. Performance Research 6 (2). pp.100 – 108 (lecture 6)

Postdanza (Ana Vujanovic / Bojana Cvecic)

Choreo-graphy – The Deinstitutionalisation of the Body and the Event of Writing – Je Yun Moon – Visual Culture, Goldsmiths College, University of London For the Degree of Ph.D. – 2016

About the work:

  • 1st part of the process of creation: documenting 4 artist’s works through interviews
  • 2nd part:
  • premiere: changed the title to disconect to the co-authors of the documental material
  • Christine had a hidden rule of avoiding using her personal life details for creating performance works
  • my personal X the personal – there is a certain dimension of identity that is shared by members of a community
  • “stealing” others’ personal stories a making them a starting point for developing embodied material (movement, text within a specific discourse – discussion with the public, lecture, etc)
  • only by seeing the 4 different solos, we can understand what the work is about

By examining Christine De Smedts’s “4 choreographic portraits” through the lens of