Kinesthesia

Covid-19 update
We have taken the decision to postpone the Kinesthesia Festival until it is safe and appropriate to host in-person events again.
We discussed the possibility of hosting the festival online instead but have decided that the focus on physicality and shared experience was an important part of our vision for the festival.
We are working with our partners at Middlesex University to reschedule for spring 2021. Of course, no one knows for sure how this situation will develop, and we will keep responding to the unfolding situation. The call for work remains open, although we may pause it if the date for the event has to move even further back. 

With warm wishes to all in these difficult times.

Image: Dominique Rivoal

Moving Image Festival
10 – 11 April 2021 – to be confirmed

Research Space workshop
5 – 9 April 2021 – to be confirmed

Middlesex University
The Burroughs, Hendon
London, NW4 4BT

Kinesthesia is a new moving image festival curated in partnership with Middlesex University, Dominique Rivoal and Dr Claire Loussouarn, focusing 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.

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 that are filmed manifest in moving images, Kinesthesia breaks away from 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 the questions of somatic experiences within screen-based practices and articulating themes of environment, eco-somatics, and empathy.

Call to submit work

The work is selected from an open call.

To submit film, installation, VR or AR work, go to filmfreeway.com/Kinesthesia
Workshop proposals can be submitted by emailing the team at kinesthesiafestival@gmail.com.

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

The 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, Henrietta Hale, Independent Dance, Dr Claire Loussouarn, Goldsmith University, 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