Jan 17th 2017

A seminar with Kate McIntosh on Jan 17 from 6-9PM / 2337 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60647 / RSVP caroline@sector2337.com

At this seminar, the group is offered an experiment in thinking. Our questions circle around the apparent clash between the logic of scientific thinking and the imagination of the arts — and how these might disturb and stimulate each other. Both science and art rely heavily on metaphor to concretize abstract ideas — and these metaphors become necessary invitations to re-examine our understanding of reality. The way we name things, and our freedom to do so, is key to our perception of the world. Therefore to engage in any major shift of world-view (or to stimulate one), it is essential that we are skilled and flexible in our use of metaphor — in our naming of things…

How can an artistic thought process be disturbing and useful for our factual, inventive and scientific ideas? What is a healthy suspicion of the poverty of metaphors? What happens when we attempt to ‘show’ what we ‘know’?

In this seminar Kate McIntosh gives an individual and playful provocation on these questions. The event begins with a performance lecture, and concludes with an investigative experiment-game for the participants.

Concept, text and delivery: Kate McIntosh. Originally commissioned by PACT Zollverein (DE) for the ‘Explorationen 10’ conference. This event is co-produced with The Goethe-Institut.

About the artist: Kate McIntosh is an artist working across the boundaries of performance, theatre, video and installation. From New Zealand and originally trained in dance, she has performed internationally since 1995 – appearing in the work of directors such as Wendy Houstoun (UK), Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre, Cie Michèle Anne de Mey (Belgium), Random Scream (Belgium), Simone Aughterlony (NZ/Switzerland) and Tim Etchells (UK).

Since 2004 Kate has focused on directing her own work – including the solos All Natural(2004), Loose Promise (2007), and All Ears (2013) and the larger performances Hair From the Throat (2006), Dark Matter (2009) and Untried Untested (2012). Her installation works include De-Placed (2008 with Eva Meyer-Keller), and the participatory installation Worktable(2011). In her own work she has enjoyed collaborations with Tim Etchells, Eva Meyer-Keller, Jo Randerson, Lilia Mestre, Charo Calvo, Diederik Peeters, and many more.

Kate has directed several short videos which have played at festivals and exhibitions the world over. She was a founding member of the Belgian performance collective and punkrock band Poni, and she holds an MRes in Performance and Creative Research from Roehampton University (UK).

She is a founding member of SPIN: the artist-run production and research platform based in Brussels.

For further information about her work please see www.spinspin.be

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