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Community Engagement and the Arts (IPAD colloquia series)

You are invited to the IPAD colloquia series of the University of East London (UEL) entitled Community Engagement and the Arts. These events seek to investigate and develop dialogues and practices between the performing arts in Higher Education and local communities; addressing political and social impact. The series will include arts-based workshops, evaluation and assessment sessions, and discussions exploring the nature, practice, policies and politics of community engagement.

Past colloquia events:
3 May 2013, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Politicising Communities – brings together varied strategies for community engagement towards effecting political and social change. The event will begin with a Playback Theatre performance to gather themes and stories related to the Newham community, followed by presentations from guest speakers to share practices based on the politicisation of communities, and culminating with a workshop focused on community mapping and asset building towards arts-based projects.
Presentations and workshops by:
Veronica Needa, True Heart Playback Theatre
Professor Tim Prentki, University of Winchester
Roland Muldoon, CAST and Hackney Empire
Jan Sharkey-Dodds, Theatre Royal Stratford East
Dr Dominic Hingorani, University of East London

14 June 2013, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Applying Digitised Agency – the colloquium will address notions of social engagement through the digitisation of performances, social networking sites linked to political and social change, and the effects of digital technology on policy-making bodies.
Presentations and workshops by:
Hannah Nicklin, Third Angel
Professor Andrew Ravenscroft, University of East London
Christina Papagiannouli, e-theatre
Marc Garrett, Furtherfield
Dr Ananda Breed, University of East London

19 July 2013, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Performing Landscapes and Identities – the colloquium will consider walking as interrogative, investigative, performative and documentary, with presentations and provocations from a range of practitioners, many of whom have made walks and work in response to contested and changing landscapes, including Newham, Hackney and the 2012 Olympic site. Discussions will interrogate the interface between geographical and sovereign spaces.
Presentations and workshops by:
Clare Qualmann and Mark Hunter, Walking Artists Network
Dr Misha Myers, Falmouth University
Sue Mayo, Magic Me
Jonas Leonhard Tinius, Cambridge Performance Network
Dr Luis Sotelo, University of East London

All events are located at Stratford Circus and free of charge. Coffee and tea will be served thirty minutes prior to start time. Please RSVP.

Stratford Circus
Theatre Square, Stratford 
London E151BX

Practice as Research seminars

As part of our ongoing contribution to this important area of research, we offer a rolling programme of PaR seminars which are open to the public.
SEMINAR 1:00-3:00 pm

October 1, 2010
Presenters: Clare Qualmann and Eyal Sivan
Clare Qualmann will present: 'Things that have gone: the disappearing terrains vagues of the near East End' is an exploration of marginal spaces and their roles; their potential for inspiring and accommodating creative participation in the city.
Eyal Sivan will show her latest documentary “Jaffa, the orange’s clockwork” and talk about creative media archive practices.

November 5, 2010
Presenters: Tim Atkins and Jo Thomas
Tim Atkins has four books of poetry out this year. He will read from each of them and talk about what went into their making. Questions and heckles are welcomed.
Jo Thomas will present on Ultra Tonal 2010 : Micro expression, Macro Ventures

February 11, 2011 
Room TBC 
Presenters: Matthew Hawkins and Jill Daniels
Matthew Hawkins will present  on ‘The concept of affective tonality and its manifestation as narrative experience in the short film Bullseye ‘
This seminar will explore the concept of affective tonality as a method of understanding narrative, as expressed through my own film practice as research.  Bullseye (Hawkins, 2010) is a five-minute narrative film that encapsulates the narrative modes of Aristotelian linearity through simple ‘plotting’ that centres on the British pub game of darts and a protagonist’s attempts to achieve his goal of throwing a ‘bullseye’. However, this paper will argue that the spectator experiences this narrative through the affective rhythm created by the movement within the frame, the variations of light and colour on screen and the measure of the diegetic sound heard, and that this experience is as important to understanding the narrative as character identification and linearity. Drawing on concepts of affect and sensation developed by Gilles Deleuze (1986, 1989, 2003) as well as his concept of the rhizome developed with Felix Guattari (1988) this paper shall map out the concept of affective tonality as a tool for understanding the holistic cinematic experience and how this can be then used to understand the physical mechanisms of narrative cinema.    
Jill Daniels will present on ‘Problems of the Cinematic Representation of the Self in the Autobiographical Documentary’
“Autobiographical documentaries use reflexivity not to eradicate the real as much as to complicate referential claims.” (Lane 2002: 18) In this presentation I will examine and discuss the problems and decisions taken in the cinematic representation of self in the film work in progress for my PhD called The Border Crossing. The film is set in the Basque country and elides fiction and documentary elements within a discourse exploring place, memory and identity.  The filmed performative elements depict a young woman’s wanderings through the Basque country and over the border into France, interweaved with filmed observational material of several female protagonists who live and work in the area, and whose narratives of the present and past include references to history and violence that interact with the filmmaker’s own off-screen, voiced autobiographical narrative. 

March 4, 2011
Presenters: Mary Fogarty and Jorge Ramos
Mary Fogarty will challenge some of the commonly held articulations about the distinctions between art and sport. In doing so, my aim is to explore new aesthetic, postcolonial frameworks for approaching athletic practices, demanding high degrees of physicality, in contemporary art forms. I will focus specifically on the dance form known as breaking (also known as b-boying/b-girling, or 'breakdancing') and its historical legacy as a case study. I hope to share some of the benefits of unravelling some of the currently unchallenged discourses surrounding creative vs. athletic practices for both the educational context as well as the creative practices of performers.
Jorge Ramos work focuses on the structures of interaction between actor and spectator within a live theatrical event. I have been looking specifically at the live performances of the Hotel Medea trilogy in Brazil and the UK during its tour in 2010. I intend to shape this presentation as a mini-event in itself, and as such I must find the minimal tools required to engage participants in the complex interactive structures employed by Hotel Medea. The guiding questions about this work are to the unspoken contract of interaction between audience and the theatrical event, between actor and audience and between an audience member and other audience members within the same event.

April 1, 2011
Presenters: Luis Sotelo and Broderick Chow
Luis Sotelo will present on ‘The place of the intercultural in walking performance.’
Broderick Chow will present on Parkour and political resistance.

May 6, 2011
Presenters: Eve Katsouraki and Carla Trim-Vamben
Eve Katsouraki will present on installation performance art: aesthetics and practices, looking into the Ranciere's notion of the sublime as reconfigured in contemporary performance practices through digital technologies and sciences.
Carla Trim-Vamben will present on club style dances being taught in the studio.

RSVP. Please send an email confirmation to Sarahleigh Castelyn The workshops/seminars will be followed by refreshments. We look forward to seeing you!