Erin Manning’s work explores the conditions for participation in relational artworks, including the last decade of her own practice, expanding participation toward what she calls “the more-than human.” With a focus on the minor gestures that animate the ecologies that make and surround us, Erin Manning will explore what else art can do to activate textures of experience.
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 opened 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.