This one day workshop* for both 3D3 and Transarts students asks how we resource ourselves as independent practitioner-scholars. Offering a holistic approach to the mindbody of the student, we will explore approaches to grounding and centring in order that we might move into a more embodied relationship with our research practice. Beginning at 5am, this workshop will start with a seated mediation, moving into a physical practice, which requires no previous experience or movement expertise.
Following this initial body-based exploration, the workshop will then explore ‘strategies for survival’ in the landscape of practice-based research. Drawing upon some of the ideas of Hans Ulrich Obrist, Keri Smith and Bruce Nauman you can expect to consider how collaborative making practices might inform solo research strategies. We will explore the ethics of ownership, and how multiple voices might be given space for individuation. This is an invitation to rediscover the world around you, and find ways of cleaving it into your practice.
Joanne ‘Bob’ Whalley is a performance academic and maker who has also trained extensively in the field of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. Her current research is moving into the field of the medical humanities. In 2004 she completed the first Practice as Research PhD to be undertaken collaboratively with Lee Miller. Lee Miller is a performance practitioner scholar and yoga teacher. His most recent research explores how the body might witness in performance practice. He worked on his PhD with Joanne ‘Bob’ Whalley, and in 2004 was awarded the first Practice as Research PhD to be undertaken collaboratively within a UK university.