Editors Ingrid Cogne and Marika Hedemyr
Dansbaren — The Mob without Flash is a tool that spurs dialogue and thought, giving you long-lasting inspiration! A publication on art, bodies, politics and self organisation; it’s an essential knowledge base for critical thinking and reflections on working as an artist in general, and as a dance artist in particular.
This publication consists of two parts: a book dedicated to critical thinking in the field of dance, choreography and self organisation, and a tablecloth printed with topics for discussion. It unfolds complex issues in an easy-to-use way, literally putting dance discourse on the table. Edited by Ingrid Cogne and Marika Hedemyr. Published by the Swedish artist-run platform Dansbyrån.
Based on artistic practice, the chapters cover topics of dialogue formats, power relations, aesthetics, self-organisation, sharing knowledge, appropriating language, artistic practice itself, history making and feedback methods. With texts by Ingrid Cogne, Marika Hedemyr, Per Herngren, Paula de Hollanda, David Karlsson, Rani Nair, Paula Tuovinen, Lis Hellström Sveningson. With contributions by Kate Elswit, Johanna Gustavsson, Lena Hammergren, Myriam Mazzoni, Cecilia Malmström Olsson, Bodil Persson, Moa Matilda Sahlin.
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How to order a copy
From June 2017 the publication is available for general purchase from the distributor Unbound (UK), the world’s only online shop dedicated to Live Art, performance and interdisciplinary art practice. Visit their webshop at thisisunbound.co.uk.
You can also book a visiting live Dansbaren - a touring format that departs from the publication, and with one of us in the Dansbaren team: Marika Hedemyr, Ingrid Cogne, Moa Matilda Sahlin, and Paula de Hollanda. The publication will be available for sale during the event at a special price. For info and booking, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dansbaren—The Mob without Flash is:
A knowledge base
A collection of texts on complex topics by experienced practitioners and scholars
Easy-to-use: easy to bring along; easy to grasp, also in small portions
Ready-made proposals for topics of discussion
Adaptable to a wide range of groups and situations
Able to be used over and over again with new angles of approach
Inspirational, giving you new perspectives, new knowledge, new depth– a kick!
“Dansbaren— The Mob without Flash contains several short, easy-to-read and at the same time critically sharp texts that spur a desire to discuss dance and choreography— here and now— for real. The texts in the book also open up a necessary historiographic re-thinking, based on memory practices, the body as archive and life stories.” Astrid von Rosen, PhD in Art History and Visual Studies
“Dansbaren— The Mob without Flash will serve as a wonderful and inspirational tool in the important and continuous work of sharing knowledge of the art of dance and its many facettes.” Maria Naidu, freelance dancer and choreographer working internationally at institutions and independent venues for 30 years
Introduction to the Content and Chapters
United in reflection on the continuing relevancy of Danbaren’s topics: dialogue formats, power relations, aesthetics, self-organization, sharing knowledge, appropriating language, artistic practice, history making and feedback methods the co-authors/editors Ingrid Cogne and Marika Hedemyr invited peers to re-activate these discussions together and contribute to this publication. The text "Dansbaren as a Spine" is a clear illustration of this intention in which Cogne and Hedemyr consciously shaped the transcripts of selected discussions with Paula de Hollanda and Moa Matilda Sahlin in order to maintain the liveliness of their verbal exchanges whilst forming their dialogues into one article. It adresses Dansbaren’s ambitions and the challenges faced in sharing knowledge and instigating dialogues.
In “Publication as a Choice, an End, a Tool” they discuss bringing dialogue into print with Johanna Gustavsson. In “Feedback–Respons-ability Among Peers”, Hedemyr analyses the methods of feedback learned and used throughout her years as co-director of Dansbyrån and curator of Dansbaren, focusing on the importance of feedback and the responsibility to provide verbal input on physical, artistic practices.
In addition, Cogne and Hedemyr invited specialists to create essays or share established material that is pertinent to the field. In this publication, for the first time, a concise history of dance in West Sweden, spanning a period of 110 years, has been brought into print in the essay “The Talk of The Town” by esteemed dance critic Lis Hellström Sveningson.
David Karlsson’s 2011 article “Without Art − No Culture Industries” is reprinted here as it remains a powerful contribution to the discussion on the position of art within society, industry, and the economical market.
Per Herngren’s response to Jo Freeman’s 1970s article with the same title “The Tyranny of Structurelessness” has been translated from Swedish to English as its message has provided an essential basis of knowledge when striving to create and maintain a platform free of vertical hierarchies, such as both Dansbyrån and Dansbaren have.
The essays sculpting the section “Skin/Body/Power − Situating Power and Aesthetics” address matters of discrimination, racism, postcolonial theory, gender roles, power structures and feminism in its many manifestations with participating articles from Paula de Hollanda, Paula Tuovinen and Rani Nair.
With this selection of writing, this publication embodies the Dansbaren formula—becoming a podium for sharing knowledge. Dansbaren — The Mob without Flash is a collection of thoughts, dialogues and theories which have been shaping and evolving throughout Dansbaren’s duration. The choreographers of this piece Ingrid Cogne and Marika Hedemyr have composed this object to transform Dansbaren from being bound to time and space into an object which can travel, inspiring future Dansbaren and spurring on critical thought and reflection over practice based art—independently of a space.
By Rebecca Jane Arthur, critic and writer, August 2016
Original Title: Dansbaren—The Mob Without FlashEditors: Ingrid Cogne and Marika HedemyrGraphic Design: Aron Kullander-ÖstlingPublisher: DansbyrånType: A publication and tool in two parts: a book and a tableclothLanguage: EnglishPublication Date: 20160824Physical description: Book + folded tablecloth attached with X-rubberbandNo of pages: 216Weight: 308 gSize: 17 x 12 x 2,2 cm (Size of tablecloth when unfolded: 70 x 70 cm)ISBN: 978-91-639-1538-3Retail Price: 18 EUR /180 SEK
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