Erin Manning: Talk & Discussion: March 19, 2014

Erin Manning’s Talk

Counterpath hosted philosopher, dancer, and visual artist Erin Manning for a talk and discussion at Counterpath on Wednesday, March 19 at 7:00 P.M.

About Always More Than One (Duke University Press, 2013)

“In Always More Than One, Erin Manning produces a truly original choreographic thinking. I don’t just mean that she writes about choreography. She thinks how the body moves, and moves her writing in step with that thinking. She performs an expanded choreography, developed in dialogue with dance, putting dance in dialogue with other practices. A must for dancers who think – and philosophers who wish they could dance.”—William Forsythe, Choreographer and Artistic Director of The Forsythe Company

About Relationscapes (MIT Press, 2009)

“What commonalities do the Aboriginal paintings by Dorothy Napangardi, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, and Clifford Possum share with the Western images of McLaren, Leni Riefenstahl, and David Spriggs? Each artist’s production, as explored by Manning, unfolds a topology of the mind, an elasticity of movement between feeling and thinking. Manning’s writing is itself a bath of sensory experiences as she brings these art pieces to life. Relationscapes creates ephemeral anchors for new journeys.”
Barbara Glowczewski, author of the Dream Trackers digital project, senior researcher at the Laboratory of Social Anthropology, Coll’ge de France

Erin Manning holds a University Research Chair in Relational Art and Philosophy in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). She is also the director of the SenseLab, a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement. In her art practice she works between painting, dance, fabric and sculpture. Current iterations of her artwork explore emergent collectivities through participatory textiles. Her project Stitching Time was presented at the 2012 Sydney Biennale and The Knots of Time will open the new Flax Museum in Kortrijk, Belgium in 2014. Her writing addresses movement, art, experience and the political through the prism of process philosophy, with recent work developing a notion of autistic perception and the more-than human.

Publications include Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2009), Politics of Touch: Sense, Movement, Sovereignty (Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 2007), and Ephemeral Territories: Representing Nation, Home and Identity in Canada (Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 2003). Always More Than One: Individuation’s Dance was published by Duke University Press in 2012 and she has a forthcoming co-written manuscript (with Brian Massumi), Thought in the Act: Passages in the Ecology of Experience (Minnesota UP).