This workshop is a multimodal and immersive engagement demanding rigorous commitment to inventing and performing ‘selves’. By investigating embodiment beyond what is ordinarily a conditioned and fundamentally unchanging biological body and representation of a static ‘self’, you will elaborate extensions of your bodies, your voices and any other media that you perform your art practice through. Much like the ‘prepared piano’, you will add on, manipulate, aggregate, stratify, pixilate and magnify bodies (including hyper, quasi and speculative bodies), and voices (including sounded, recorded, textualized, and amplified voices).
Lynn Book is a transmedia artist working across disciplines and cultural spheres through extended body, material practices and technologies to make performance, exhibition, online works and public projects. Her work centers on the transformational potentials between people, practice and place. Projects take shape in city sites and galleries, in clubs, fields, online and in concert halls with a range of collaborators including architects, a whole village and an opera company. She has been awarded grants for her critically acclaimed work from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Franklin Furnace Fund, Illinois Arts Council, a project residency funded by MacArthur Foundation, among others. Her recent project is UnReading for Future Bodies, a video work comprised of 3 volumes that takes on performative knowledge making in the digisphere. Volume 1, “Escapes”, is published online with Anglistica (University of Naples) and on Vimeo and has been screened in the US, UK, Australia, Berlin, Budapest and Naples. Book 2, “Derangements” will be forthcoming in 2015, with a study being recently published the online journal ELSE, a journal of art, literature, theory and creative media. As a performer of what she calls ‘voicing bodies’ she also has an ongoing practice of experimental voice/new music improvisation and live composition. Current duo projects include composer, extended pianist Katharina Klement, sound and media artist Shawn Decker. Lynn Book teaches broad spectrum creativity at Wake Forest University where she also serves as Associate Director for the Program in Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship in the US and serves as a faculty associate and graduate advisor with Transart Institute, an international MFA / PhD Practice school in contemporary art, since its inception.