Paula Caspão (PT), Goran Sergej Pristas (HR) et al.

On the notion of practice

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Practice is an unavoidable part of conducting research whether it’s done within the frame of the university or outside of it. In recent years we have seen an undeniable amplification in the use of the notion practice by both artists, researchers and their partnering institutions. Where does this demand come from? What are the discursive and political implications of the contemporary uses and misuses of the term? And, how can we identify necessary modes of resistance from within our different ways of understanding and managing practice? In the light of such questions the Research Committee has found it relevant to start off their first week long lab looking at the notion of practice itself – from its etymological and historical roots to how it’s managed by artists, researchers and contemporary arts institutions today.
The lab includes international speakers as well as a series of artistic research presentations that in one way or the other address the topic of ‘practice’.
Keynote speakers include performance writer and lecturer Paula Caspao (Lisbon University – Center for Theatre Studies) w. Expanded Practices  (PT), dramaturg and associate professor Goran Sergej Pristas (Badco / University of Zagreb) et al.


Paula Caspão (based in Paris) is a researcher-lecturer, dramaturge and transversal artist investigating the fictions produced by theory and the modalities of knowledge generated by fiction, author of Relations On Paper (2013) and editor of The Page As a Dancing Site (2014). PhD in philosophy (epistemology and aesthetics) from the University of Paris-10, Caspão is currently a postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer in performance studies at the Research Centre for Theatre Studies at the University of Lisbon, with visiting scholar periods at the Tisch School of the Arts / Performance Studies, New York University. Since 2014 she is also an associate researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History, New University of Lisbon.

Starting in 2013, her postdoctoral research first focused on modes of exchanging methodologies between the performing arts, documentation, the archive, theory and critique. From 2015 she has been developing a new research thread focusing on the ecologies, poetics, gestures, and affects implicated in the practices that constitute History, the Museum, the Archive, and Institutions at large.

Since 2008 Paula has been working internationally in several institutions and artistic research venues across Europe, the USA and Australia, mainly intertwining choreographic, discursive and performative practices with other fields of thought, and experimenting research formats that merge dissimilar kinds of knowledge, methodologies, and display-transmission apparatus.

Since 2005 she has been digging in the politics and economies of perception, movement, and discourse. Both in her artistic and in her theoretical work she has been combining heterogeneous references and registers, geographies and temporalities: conversations overheard in public spaces, weather forecasting, politics, gastronomy, (hi)stories of animals, objects, botanic taxonomies, landscapes becoming archives, sound and noise, documents of many sorts, and ghosts. Side by side with her own work, Paula has collaborated with several choreographers since the end of the 1990s. Her theoretical and fictional writings, as well as her translation works, have been published internationally in several revues and anthologies of choreographic and performing arts, philosophy and performance studies (Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the USA).


Goran Sergej Pristas is a dramaturge, co-founder and member of BADco performing arts collective and Associate Professor of Dramaturgy at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, University of Zagreb.
With his projects and collaborations (BADco., Frakcija) he participated at Venice Biennale 2011 and 2016, Documenta 12, ARCO and numerous festivals and conferences. He was a researcher and curator in Centre for Drama Art (CDU) from 1995 till 2007. He is one of the initiators of the project Zagreb-Cultural Kapital of Europe 3000.
Sergej has been mentoring and teaching at DOCH (Stockholm), JLU (Giessen), Statens Scenekunstskole (Copenhagen), P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels) and more. Teaching courses in performance dramaturgy, writing for performance, analytical writing, dramaturgy and choreography, collaborative practices etc.
First editor-in-chief (1996-2007) of Frakcija, a magazine for the performing arts. Together with Bojana Cvejić co-edited Parallel Slalom. A Lexicon Of Non-aligned Poetics TkH Beograd / CDU Zagreb, 2013.
(https://www.academia.edu/22143635/Parallel_Slalom_A_Lexicon_of_Nonaligned_Poetics) and with Tomislav Medak co-edited Time and (In) Completion: Images And Performances Of Time In Late Capitalism, BADco. Zagreb 2014.(https://badco.hr/texts/time-andincompletion/)

Partners: Institut for Kunst- og Kulturvidenskab (University of Copenhagen), DDSKS (Den Danske Scenekunstskole), Forsøgsstationen

Venue: Forsøgsstationen,

Expanding practice

DH artists have the opportunity to participate in the artistic workshop Expanding practice facilitated by Paula Caspão (PT) at Sceneindgangen. May 6 – 8 as a part of Daily training.

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