Event Date: 29 April 2016
Performing Arts Studio 5
The University of Winchester
Winchester SO22 4NR
Noyale Colin (Winchester) – A ‘planetary problem’: contemporary responses within European dance theatre to the ‘crisis’ of belonging
Reflecting on the dynamics of the contemporary relationships between the individual and society, philosopher Brian Massumi argues for the relevance of an economy of belonging which he assimilates to the concept of ‘becoming-together’. Massumi posits that ‘belonging per se has emerged as a problem of global proportions. Perhaps the planetary problem’. ‘It offers’, he writes, ‘a challenge to rethink and reexperience the individual and the collective’. In this paper we will explore how the development of a sense of belonging is bound to temporal processes of becoming, and how such transient ways of being can be identified as central to the conditions under which people engage in any kind of participative activity including modes of collaboration or working together.
In the context of artistic practices, there is an assumption that contemporary cultural and socio-political shifts have led to a renewed questioning of the possibilities for politicised, experimental modes of collaboration which are of relevance against a backdrop of economic globalization. Drawing on post-Marxist concepts of labour and with reference to specific conditions of co-working in European Dance and Theatre – including temporal, spatial and performative – the paper will aim to question the role of co-working in the context of the excess of plurality in contemporary immaterial labour. It considers whether what is distinctive about contemporary practices of co-working is the potentiality of relationship between individual intentions and the experience of multiple behaviours.