Kinesthesia Festival

We are are pleased to announce that the postponed Kinesthesia Programme will now take place from 12-18 July 2021

Image: Dominique Rivoal

Moving Image Festival
17 – 18 July 2021

Research Space with Philippe Blanchard
12 – 16 July 2021

Venue : Middlesex University, London

In partnership with Middlesex University, Kinesthesia is a new moving image festival curated by Dominique Rivoal and Dr Claire Loussouarn, Adesola Akinleye, Gitta Wigro, and ID.

With a focus on the body as the agent of seeing rather than as an object of display, it invites makers and viewers to challenge the domination of the visual over other senses in our culture.

At the intersection of dance, somatic practices, experimental film and sensory ethnography, Kinesthesia invites submissions of work from any discipline in any format and brings together artists, scholars, researchers, filmmakers and dancers to explore :

How to break the convention of a passive film viewer and encourage a more empathically and kinaesthetically engaged experience?

How to develop the filmmaker’s sensibility to capture the introspective nature of a somatic practice and share it on a screen?

Investigating how bodies that film and are filmed manifest in moving images, Kinesthesia breaks away from a conventional understanding of capturing and witnessing dance. It invites audience and participants to think about movement beyond visual impact and narrative, to consider the whole range of sensory experiences, including visceral, proprioceptive, haptic and kinesthetic awareness when making and watching a film.

The festival combines screenings of moving image work with movement and camera workshops, installation, AR/VR, and discursive sessions that attend to the subtler felt sense of the body.

These curated elements will be framed by two keynote speakers addressing questions of somatic experiences within screen-based practices and articulating themes of environment, eco-somatics and empathy.

Call for moving image submissions or workshop proposals is now closed.

For more information about the festival, please visit

Research Space with Philippe Blanchard

Philippe Blanchard leads an in-depth five-day lab in the week before the festival that combines somatic practices with questions related to spectatorship.

Using technology of camera and projector as mediating tools this research raises questions on the subject of the view that one poses on others, and subtly questions us on the right and obligations to act and to react.
The work will involve practical, experiential combination of embodied moving, connecting to skeletal structures and bodily systems; playful seeing and witnessing; and using the technology as a tool to question somatic meaning-making.

You can book separately or get a combined workshop and festival ticket at a discount.
Read more about the workshop here.

The collaboration

Kinesthesia Festival is a collaborative event making links and creating shared ground between research and artistic practice. It is conceived and produced between Dominique Rivoal (Middlesex University), Dr Claire Loussouarn (Goldsmiths), Henrietta Hale and Nikki Tomlinson (ID) and Gitta Wigro, independent screendance programmer.
It provides a much-needed platform and visibility for an exciting and growing field of research practices. It foregrounds work by artists and scholars who use video and screen technology as creative tools to platform concerns around body in relation to landscape, environment and the use of technology. In this way, the festival is a unique platform where they are co-creating the research field of eco-somatics on screen.

This project is part-funded by the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries Middlesex University