Performance Philosophy School of Athens Symposium supported by Art Professionals In Athens Residency


Performance Philosophy School of Athens symposium CFP’s

Date: 15-16 March 2014

Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Bojana Cvejic

Confirmed Invited Speakers: Sophia Efstathiou and Eve Katsouraki

School Convenor: Stefania Mylona

In collaboration with Michael Klien

Athens venue: tbc

In association with Performance Philosophy

In-kind support by Sozita Goudouna and Art Professionals in Athens Residency

This two-day symposium to be held in association with Performance Philosophy, aims to introduce current concerns of performance philosophy in Athens, emanating from the undisputed importance of Greece in the field of philosophy. It aims to bring together people, both nationally and internationally, who are interested in the emergence of Performance Philosophy as a field. Its main objective is to develop new creative dynamics in thinking and performance and explore the potentialities presented by Performance Philosophy in the face of local and global sociopolitical change.

As an alternative site of learning, the symposium will focus on creative, performative and alternative tropes of learning about and through performance philosophy. Instead of teaching performance philosophy, it will work as a site of ‘doing’ performance philosophy in order to create new understandings of it. Attention will be given to creating space for thought and reflection that engages us into creatively thinking of new ways of making and learning through performance philosophy.

The two-day event will address the ways in which performance artists engage with and find inspiration from philosophical perspectives. Some of the questions to be asked (but not only) will be:

– How to make sense of philosophy in relation to performance?

– How to understand philosophical rhythms, dynamics, images, and uses of language, spacing, timing and the shaping of philosophy?

– How might artists work with and artistically respond to philosophical perspectives?

– Can there be performance philosophies as a kind of meta-philosophy and/or how might artists ‘philosophize’?

– How can philosophical – or not – ignorance as a state of a lack of knowledge be a prerequisite to learning?

– How could we by identifying our ignorance add creatively to knowledge formation?

– What might ignorance teach us as a site of performance of the intellect?

Performance Philosophy School of Athens invites artists and practitioners from different backgrounds with an interest in philosophy and /or philosophers interested in performance to send proposals for presentations of various formats and durations to Please note that there is no minimum or maximum restriction in the amount of words but proposals need to be indicative of the presentation’s chosen format, methodology and duration. The symposium’s language will be English.

Some possible thematic exploration of the conceptual intersections between ‘thinking’ and ‘making’ Performance Philosophy School of Athens could involve:

alternative teachers, collective thinking, philosophical dramas, post-dramatic learning, archaeologies of sense, philosophies of culture, philosophical ignorance, doubt, philosophical beats, philosophical demon-stration, proximity learning, philosophical schools of thought, post-thematic lessons, content vs con-texts, durational classes, the weight of philosophy, philosophical work-shops, caring as thinking, choreographies of thought, movement questions, thinking qualities, jumping into beginnings, tasting theories, phenomenologies of knowledge, masters of affects, subtexts, foot-notes, dramatourgies of quoting, practice-based plagiarism, post-continental mistakes, meta-philosophy as after philosophy, affirmative arguments, paradoxa of difference, performances of semblance, assessing being, existential assignments, processes of submitting, alternative sub-missions, deterritorialized prerequisites, ethics lessons, amphitheatres of perception, twisted students, experimental curricula, dys-courses, deconstructions of knowledge production, imaginative concepts, experimental notations, philosophical marks and grades as well as assessment theatres of unknowing touching upon ‘πίστευε και μη ερεύνα’,  ‘Μακάριοι οι πλούσιοι τω πνεύματι.’

Saturday 15 March 2014 

09:30-10:00 Coffee/tea and registration

10:00-11.30 Personal Cosmologies Workshop by Michael Klien (GR)

11:30-12:15 Statement and discussion by Bojana Cvejic, (RS)

12:15-13:15 The role of philosophical approaches in the ‘kinaesthetic’ politics of dance research: Encounters of a non-metaphorical kind Paper presentation by Prof Sophia Lycouris, University of Edinburgh (UK)

13:15-14:00 Fictional Realness: Towards a Colloquial Performance PracticePaper presentation by Owen Parry (UK)

14:00-15:00 Lunch Break provided by Prosenghisi

15:00-17:00 Connecting Performance Philosophies: Remembering Groningen/Imagining Athens Presentation/workshop by Konstantina Georgelou, ArtEZ (NL) and Danae Theodoridou, University of Groningen (NL)

17:00- 17:30 Judging Choreography Paper presentation by Stefan Apostolou-Hölscher, Frankfurt am Main (GE)

17:30-18:00 Performances of Thought, Resistance, Solidarity: Jérôme Bel and the (re?)production of economies and philosophies, by Katerina Paramana, University of Roehampton (UK)

17:00-18:00 Philosophy On Our Feet Workshop by John Blamey and Stella Dimitrakopoulou, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (UK)

18:00-18:50 Ideobics Workshop by Sophia Efstathiou, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NO)

19:00-20:00 Uninvited Guests’ Make Better Please: Practices of ProfanationWorkshop and paper presentation by Paul Clarke, University of Bristol (UK)

20.00-20:15 Philosophy On Our Feet Workshop Teaser by John Blamey and Stella Dimitrakopoulou, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (UK)

20:00-21:00 Drinks provided by Domaine Zafeirakis

Owen Parry

Owen Parry, Cum Inhabit R Mirage, 2014. Photo: Christa Holka

Sunday 16 March 2014 

10:30-11:00 Coffee/tea

11:00-11:30 Yapi: a very nice place Paper presentation by Anna Tsichli Boissonnas, University of Peloponnese (GR)

11:30-12:00 Performance Philosophy and Its Politics: The Case of Embros Theatre Occupation Paper presentation by Sozita Goudouna (GR)

11:00-12:00 Philosophy On Our Feet Workshop by John Blamey and Stella Dimitrakopoulou, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (UK)

12:00-13:00 Non-metaphorical Research Processes Workshop by Prof Sophia Lycouris, University of Edinburgh (UK)

13:00-14:00 Take a Position Installation and discussion by Giorgos Gyparakis, National Technical University of Athens (GR)

14:00-15:00 Lunch Break provided by Prosenghisi

15:00-15:45 Affirmative Antinomies: Hegemony and realist theatre Paper presentation by Eve Katsouraki, University of East London (UK)

16:30-17:00 Symposium Safari workshop by Miriam Simun (US) resident artist at Art Professionals in Athens residency 

16:30-17:00 All people without exception (Athens, casting, Amantha, Badiou, Plato’s Republic) Performance by Theo Prodromidis (GR)

17:15-18:15 Oedipus: between synopsis and exponierung Paper presentation by Mischa Twitchin, Goldsmiths University (UK)

18:15-19:00 Tout se tient Workshop by Stefania Mylona (GR)

19:00-20:00 Drinks provided by Domaine Zafeirakis


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