Editors Ingrid Cogne and Marika Hedemyr
Dansbaren — The Mob without Flash is a printed object consisting of two parts: a book dedicated to critical thinking in the field of dance and choreography and a tablecloth of topics. It is a tool for continuing dialogues, putting dance discourse, literally, on the table.
In both a local and international context Dansbaren, a series of public talks and discussions initiated by Gothenburg artist-run platform Dansbyrån, has been uniting dance theory with practice for 15 years. This publication re-activates Dansbaren’s central topics: dialogue formats, power relations, aesthetics, self-organization, sharing knowledge, appropriating language, artistic practice, 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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Publication Release 24 August 2016
Stora Teatern − KRISTALLENWed. 24 August at 13.30−15.30
Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival will host the publication release on the first day of the festival’s Professional Program: www.gdtf.se. This is a free event, no tickets/reservations necessary: all are welcome to join.
How to order a copy
During the first six months of its release, August 2016−February 2017, the co-authors/editors Ingrid Cogne and Marika Hedemyr and the artistic directors of Dansbyrån Paula de Hollanda, and Moa Matilda Sahlin will travel with the publication, presenting Dansbaren–The Mob without Flash to the public upon the invite of interested organizations and institutions throughout Europe.
In this period, the publication is available by inviting one of them to facilitate a talk departing from the publication, the table cloth, and the context visited. Additional copies of the publication is sold at the occasion. Info/booking: info[a]dansbaren.com
After the release tour, from February 2017, Dansbaren — The Mob without Flash will be available for general purchase from the distributor Unbound (UK); visit their webshop at thisisunbound.co.uk.
About the Publication and its content
Dansbaren — The Mob without Flash is an object consisting of two parts: a publication of articles and transcripts which reflect upon the 15 years of discourse that brought dance and choreographic practice and theory together in Dansbaren; and a tablecloth of topics—a tool for continuing dialogues which invites the reader to lay it on the table, welcome others to the table, and put dance and choreography discussions, literally, on the table. The aim of this object is to activate participants to engage in dance and choreography discourses and to spark future Dansbaren.
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 printed Dansbaren. 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 to 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.
Dansbaren — The Mob without Flash (2016) by Ingrid Cogne and Marika Hedemyr is published by Dansbyrån (SE). The co-authors/editors and the artistic directors of Dansbyrån Paula de Hollanda, and Moa Matilda Sahlin will travel with the publication during the first six months of its release, August 2016−February 2017, presenting Dansbaren — The Mob without Flash to the public upon the invite of interested organizations and institutions throughout Europe. A detailed itinerary of these events will be posted and updated on Dansbyrån’s website www.dansbyran.se.
After the release tour, Dansbaren — The Mob without Flash will be available for general purchase from the distributor Unbound (UK); visit their webshop at thisisunbound.co.uk.
In 2001, Marika Hedemyr co-founded Dansbyrån. In 2013, Ingrid Cogne was invited—by Hedemyr, de Hollanda and Sahlin—to be guest artistic director of Dansbyrån in 2014 in order to bring her perspective to the future of both Dansbyrån and Dansbaren. 2014–2016, together they conceptualised and developed the project Kunskap in Rörelse/Knowledge in Movement, which led to a web archive and the publication Dansbaren—The Mob without Flash.
Ingrid CogneIngrid Cogne (born 1977, Dijon, France) is an artist, facilitator, and researcher working across choreography, visual arts and academia.
Cogne sees choreography as a way to create movement and suspension, positioning and displacement in relation to Economy, Knowledge, Work and Individuals. She focuses on the dramaturgy of existing or created situations. Cogne’s work is multi-layered and circulates between different fields of knowledge, formats, and contexts, as seen, for example in the work RESTES (2010), the series forskning (2008-2012) and CONVERSATION (2010- ), and the collaborations Möte09 (2008-2009), Le bistrot du coin (2010- ), and SPELLS (2009-2012).
2011-2015 Cogne was junior researcher in the frame of the PhD in Practice (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna) and at the Doctoral School of Human and Social Sciences —CEAC (University of Lille). Her PhD research titled Displacement(s) as Method(s) questioned the notions of “displacement” on the physical, political and perceptive levels and “method” in between theory and practice, process and product, with the intention to (re-)create “time”. Cogne used the notions “situation”, “presence”, and “performativity” as filters to articulate the matrix of her art-based research between body, spoken, and written languages. Five methods, three practices, and her final art piece titled WORK (2015) mark the matrix of her PhD research.
2015-2018 Cogne is a post-doc researcher at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, conceptualizing and developing the collaborative art-based research project Six Formats (funded by FWF/PEEK), that involves several circles of individuals and institutional partners. Six Formats questions formats of communication used to present art-based research.
Marika HedemyrMarika Hedemyr (born 1970, Gothenburg, Sweden) is an artist working across choreography and public art, relating bodies and ideas to the use of “our” contemporary urban society. Her work is characterized by mundane situations in a twisted reality, precision, humour and physicality.
Hedemyr’s current focus is to create performative art in public spaces, thereby raising issues on access and democracy. In 2014 Hedemyr graduated with the MFA —Contemporary Performative Art at Gothenburg University with a pilot for the work Guide by Numbers and the thesis Utsagoposition och Språk—En uppgörelse med unkna ideologiers våld. Departing from this research, she started the long-term art project The Event Series that explores Gothenburg’s Event District, including for example the works Let’s meet in Göteborg (2014), The Gothenburg Magic and the Cannibal (2016), and the article Performative Art in Urban City Centres: Navigating the terrain of art making and value systems in public space (2015).
2000–2014 Hedemyr was the artistic director and choreographer of the dance theatre company Crowd Company. Her artistry holds more than 30 works for stage, public spaces, art venues, theatre stages, film, as well as publications, collaborations across art disciplines and being curator of several international labs for artistic practice. Hedemyr’s latest choreographic commissions were the re-enactment Rubicon Re-Visited at Haga Kyrkoplan (2014), as part of the research project Dance as Critical Heritage, and a new version of the pop-up dance theatre piece Minutes 3.0 (2014) for the dance company WATT (FI).
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