Christopher Matthews and University of Roehampton
Christopher Matthews, Formed View
Dr Sara Houston, University of Roehampton
Expanding the field
Considering the precarious nature of dance graduates, stepping out from the safe environment of education and into the project to project world of practice, Expanding the field actively responded to the notion of ‘inventing new jobs’ via a series of workshops. What is it to be mobile? And how can this mobility be employed to increase productivity within the creativity economy.
Running a week long workshop titled Artist as Nomad the collaboration developed new visions for dance students and professionals. Notions of dance, travel, work, home, movement, stillness, community and inter-dependence were explored using the body, digital resources, writing, books and cameras. Additionally the collaboration consulted with two independent dancers. This programme of research through practice sought to develop an online toolkit that could seed new frameworks of creative and social entrepreneurship.
The main output of the collaboration was an exhibition, titled Artist as Nomad, at Asia House, a cultural centre in the heart of London. The exhibition ran between the 15th and 19th of July 2014, with a live performance taking place on the 18th. Another output was a panel discussion hosted as part of the Roehamption Dance Festival in May 2013.
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