Body practice

Germana Civera

Summary :

We worked with the consciousness of the body in a trilateral manner: space, presence and time. We approached the different body systems and its dynamics of perception, kinesthetics, embodiment, the woken and communication. The experience of walking is the matrix cell of every dance. We brought the focus to gravity, breathing, skeleton, the power of energy and its multiple displacements and projections into space.

The goal is to become more aware of the body in terms of presence, space, the other and the limitless and effortless potential movement. At the same time, we are going to establish a common vocabulary in order to name, question and analyze in the body all the different foundational questions that we will put in practice.

Biography : 

Choreographer and dancer, Germana Civera has collaborated with Mathilde Monnier (CCN de Montpellier) and worked with Jérôme Bel, Anne Collod and François Verret. In her creations, she develops and explores dynamics of communication and perception through physical awareness, improvisation, choreographic writing and performance, in association with other artistic media and fields of neurophysiology, philosophy and anthropology.

Mapping lost gestures

Gretchen Schiller and Helen Paris

Summary :

This workshop explores site and seeks to excavate and archive “lost gestures”. We ask how ghost gestures dwell and activate place and bodies. How do they migrate across and through temporalities ? Site will be navigated through sense, body and cellular memory employing the haptic and somatic as well as the autobiographical to create text, gesture, sound and image.

Biography :

Helen Paris : Helen Paris is an Associate Professor of Performance at Stanford University and co artistic director of Curious performance company (London). Her publications include Proximity in Performance: Curious Intimacies, which considers anthropological concepts of proxemics within the context of contemporary performance studies, co-authored with Leslie Hill (2014) and Performance and Place, co-edited with Leslie Hill which explores the sites of contemporary performance and the notion of place (2006).

Gretchen Schiller : Choreographer and Professor in Performance at UGA, Gretchen Schiller is a member of the laboratory LITT&ARTS and head of the Maison de la création. Her choreographic research focuses on body memory, kinesthesia and epistemic implication of the lived body. She edited a choregraphic dwelling with Sarah Rubidge.

Reshaping layers of time

Martial Chazallon and Anne Dalmasso

Summary :

Each day will bring us to work on a different site, indoors or outdoors, from a series of archival documents and sensory tools of exploration. We will guide each participant through sensory and physical experiences in order to collect experiences, feelings, emotions and imagination in direct interactions with the physicality of place. Participants will use their smartphones to document their work during the entire process. The aim will be to gather strata/ layers/surveys of the same site and to share it with others during the final presentation.

Biography :

Anne Dalmasso, Ph.D., is a Professor at Grenoble-Alpes University (France) in Modern History. She directs the research group « Territoires, économie, enjeux sociétaux » at the LARHRA laboratory (UMR 5190). Her research areas are the history of the businesses of the XXth Century, economical history, territorial history and the history of innovation.

Martial Chazallon is a choreographer. He graduated in business studies (École Supérieure de Commerce, Paris, France) and anthropology (Sorbonne University). With Martin Chaput, he has created the company Projet in situ, whose works and choreography  focus on the issue of the intimate and collective memory of  bodies, including their political and social dimension. The company tries to understand how one’s imagination of the body is shaped, in the midst of a renegociation between identity and otherness.

Performative and geographical scores

Daria Lippi and Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary

Summary :

The aim of this workshop is to imagine itineraries at the site of the Bouchayer-Viallet that will combine the participants’ sensory experiences of space. These experiences will be triggered by the interaction with material elements in this specific urban space. The original idea for this workshop is a guided tour where each person is invited to set out for a walk, but it challenges its core definition in that there is nothing in the space pre-set  to explore. The participants will have to organize the ways in which the signs and objects are threaded as an imaginary story woven into their itinerary. On the path they have created together, some signs/ objects will create threads that will weave into a story they will imagine. The interaction extends to leaving ephemeral traces that the next visitors will then be able to grasp.

Biography :

A.-L. Amilhat Szary, Ph.D., is a Professor at Grenoble-Alpes University, France and member of the ‘Institut Universitaire de France’ and head of the CNRS Pacte research unit, a pluridisdciplinary social science research center. As a political geographer dedicated to border studies, her latest research concerns the interrelations between space and art, in and about contested places. She is a founding member of the ‘antiAtlas of borders’ collective (, a science-art project.

Actress and stage director (Reset Company, France) and trained in dance, Daria Lippi is also a teacher. From 2012 to 2015, she was head of research at the French drama school École Nationale Supérieure d’Art Dramatique of the Théâtre National de Bretagne (National Theater of Brittany). In this context, she created the “Fabrique Autonome des Acteurs” (2014), a transdiciplinary research organisation that brings together teaching and production, where she organises training and directs cross-disciplinary Laboratories (performance/neurosciences, photography and digital arts).

Echology : wordscape inquiry

Guillonne Balaguer and Inge Linder-Gaillard

Summary :

This workshop proposes the poetic, narrative and heuristic sound of a place. Method : a poetic investigation and sound survey of the Bouchayer-Viallet site, an inventory of discrete landscape elements (sounds, voices, glyphs), serendipitous conversations, memory stripping, writing, a fictional glossary, and elaborating sound works (laptop, recorder).

Biography :

Guillonne Balaguer is a poet and a sound artist. Her works explore the links between writing, sound, voice and space. She creates poetic writing, sound experimentations and installations with verbal and non-verbal materials. She has collaborated for instance with the illustrator Miccam (Industries de Diptères, L’Arachnoïde ed., 2014), and the engraver Marc Granier (Jour, Montiels ed., 2016).

Inge Linder-Gaillard is the director of studies and research at École Nationale Supérieure d’Art et Design Grenoble-Valence (National Art School of Grenoble-Valence). She graduated with a PhD in Art History at the Institut Courtauld (London University). She was previously the head of the exhibitions of the Magasin art center (Grenoble, France).  She also taught “international history of performance” at Pierre Mendès-France University (Grenoble, France).

Philosophy seminar

Erin Manning and Brian Massumi

Summary :

The participants were also given the opportunity to follow a two-days philosophy seminar with Erin Manning and Brian Massumi. The two Professors built their analysis from a reading of a text by Gilles Deleuze on the thought of the outdoors theorized by Michel Foucault (Gilles Deleuze, Foucault, Minuit, Paris, 1986.).

Biography :

Erin Manning holds a University Research Chair in Relational Art and Philosophy at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). She is also the director of the SenseLab (, a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement. Her current art practice is centred on large-scale participatory installations that facilitate emergent collectivities.

Brian Massumi is a professor in Philosophy at the Department of Communication at Montréal University. His research, lead in the philosophical perspective of “radical empiricism”, focuses on the aesthetic dimensions of contemporary issues in communications (emergent modes of expression and modalities of experience, individual and collective, in particular as revealed by contemporary practices in digital and interactive art) and on contemporary theories of power in the context of globalized capitalism.