On May 27th 2022, Sophia was invited by Kirsten Maar and Mila Pavićević to give a talk at the Institut für Theaterwissenschaft, FU Berlin, within the workshop on “Storytelling and Autofiction as Dramaturgical Tools”. The workshop addressed feminist dramaturgical procedures and its lineage with traditions and re-writings of history, and the potential to re-think the past in order to re-conceptualize the present and to re-envision the future. Sophia talk was entitled ‘Using one’s life as source’ which it examined some of plan bs past works that used performative stratgies to specifically draw upon personal and shared material be it that of songs or memories and reflections in the Last Hour as well as the ongoing practice or recording indivdual movement as a means of of a creating a self portrait based on where one goes. Lastly Sophia shared an excerpt from her video work The Matter Between Me and You which she made with Ruby about the personal respond to the physical biological matter that they shared and stored in the freezer.
Sophia and Dan were hugely delighted to be invited to contribute to the two-day interdisciplinary workshop at the Theatre and Dance Studies Department of Bern University in Switzerland on 2-3 March. Johanna Hilari (Bern) and Anna Leon (Vienna) did a wonderful job of putting together a fascinating workshop with plenty of time to exchange, eat together and get to know each others research and artistic practice. The weather was good too!
From 17:00–18:57 (Berlin time) today, Sophia will moderate a panel about the launch of the new publication coming from PSR member Mila Pavićević’s residency Dance by Other Means (which I was honoured to proof read). The panel will consist of Sophia New, Igor Dobričić, Alexandra Hennig and Matthias Mohr. Its part of an all-day programme of events called Our Dance, organised by PSR collective (sorry guys, not going to link to your FB page for ethical reasons). Details and stream link can be found here.
As part of Sabine Zahn’s second Stadterweitern series of labs this week, we will present our performance lecture Together / Apart which we first developed during our residency at PACT Zollverein. The evening starts at 19:30 with a lecture by Dr. Saskia Hebert, I’m the Escalator and our contribution begins at 20:30. Haus der Statistik Haus D Otto-Braun-Straße 70/72 Berlin. Tickets are 7 / 5 EUR available by registering beforehand at firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Howse and Dan have just recorded a walk near Martin’s studio in Mitte which will be broadcast this Sunday 17 May at 10pm on reboot.fm During the hour-long walk, we talk about Martin’s visit to two of the Stadterweitern labs organised by Sabine Zahn that Andrea Keiz and Dan devised last week. Martin kindly lent his electromagnetic detektors that were used in the Stadterweitern labs. UPDATE: if you missed the broadcast, you can listen to the programme here on reboot.fm’s mixcloud channel
As part of Sophia’s forthcoming PhD by publication, she would like to share with you her reading and thinking though theories of the everday that relate to her ongoing practice of personal data collecting. Borrowing such terms as endotic from Georges Perec and expanding upon what Michel De Certeau thought an urban text might look like, she considers the implication for creating works in the twenty-first century with such digital data as GPS and SMS. Moderated by Bettina Knaup
Tuesday 9th July, 18:00, Uferstudios, Studio 8, Uferstr. 23, 13357 Berlin. Free Entrance
While we are in that neck of the woods (see earlier post), we’re going back to visit our friends at the International English Library in Düsseldorf to give a talk about our work on Thursday 18 October at 6pm. Charge: 5 EUR, includes drink and nibbles. Please let them know if you’re thinking of coming.