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Michael Turinsky

Precarious Mobilizations

A crip choreographer‘s perspective on settling / unsettling / resettling

Articulating disability studies and queer theory in his work on "crip theory", Robert McRuer has coined the notion of "crip" which can be roughly summarized as a disabled body's resistance against what McRuer calls "compulsory able-bodiness". Drawing on this notion of crip, in a first step I will outline my own choreographic position as one of engaging that disabled body's inherent resistance in processes of de-organizing and re-organizing hegemonic forms of movement and of organization. In a second step, I will introduce the idea of precarious mobilization, defined here as a specific kind of mobilization in which the relation between the body and its environment (or milieu) is in a constant process of becoming settled, unsettled and resettled. In a third step, what I call a crip choreographer’s sensibility for precarious mobilization will be explored in its political and ecological implications. In other words, how can we engage in a broader choreographic practice of inventing new forms of movement organization that attend to and, so to say, "care for" mobilization's inherent political and ecological precariousness?

The lecture will take place online, via the following zoom link:
Meeting-ID: 821 9266 1889
Kenncode: 025612

The online lecture series (Un)settled. Performance, protection, and politics of insecurity of HTA (Hessian Theatre Academy) in winter term 2021/22 takes place in cooperation with the Institute for Applied Theater Studies, JLU Giessen; the HZT – Inter-University Center for Dance, Berlin; the Art Academy Düsseldorf, and the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm.

Michael Turinsky lives and works as a choreographer, performer and theoretician in Vienna. His interest focuses on an engagement with the specific phenomenology of the body, marked as disabled, its specific being-in-the world, its relation to temporality and rhythm, affect and affect production, gender and sexuality, visibility and invisibility; as well as on a rigorous engagement with discourses around the productive tension between politics and aesthetics. Between 1998 und 2005 he studied philosophy at the University of Vienna. As a performer he collaborated with, amongst others, Bert Gstettner, Barbara Kraus, Robin Dingemans and Mick Bryson and Doris Uhlich ("Ravemachine", awarded the Nestroy Special Prize 2017). Michael Turinsky held lectures and workshops a. o. at the universities of Linz and Salzburg, at the College Art Association in New York, at Tanzquartier Wien as well as in the frame of the Impulstanz-Festival and he published in various journals.

This edition of the HTA lecture series is connected to Bodies, un-protected, the International Program on Bodies, Art and Protection at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, running from October 2021 till July 2022 (see:
Organisers: Prof. Dr. Bojana Kunst, Institute for Applied Theater Studies, JLU Giessen; Prof. Dr. Sandra Noeth, HZT-Inter-University Center for Dance, Berlin; Prof. Dr. Francesca Raimondi, Art Academy Düsseldorf, Anna Wagner, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt a.M.

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