Developed in collaboration with performance artist El Putnam, the first event in the second phase of the research was sited at the Dublin City Gallery Hugh Lane. Focusing on the relationship between knowledge and automation, the event developed a performative response to emerging explorations of gestural simulation for virtual teaching. Biopedagogy (1) aimed to develop a gestural archive of bodily techniques used in the classroom. Breathing, Gesturing, Laughing and Glancing were performed silently in front of three Joseph Beuy's blackboards. Audio reflections on the etymology of each category were cited and recited through a series of automated audio recordings played through headphones attached to the performers body. The audience were encouraged to listen to the audio recordings and to accompany the performers movment. Intermittently, the performer would deliver an oral monologue on the etymology of a particular technique (e.g the glance), which concluded with a short contextual reflection on biopedagogy.
A short film of the performance will be uploaded soon.
EL Putnam... is a visual artist and scholar working predominately in performance art, video, sound, and interactive media. Her work draws from multiple themes and sources, including explorations of the interplay of digital and corporeal gestures, which she investigates through personal and cultural lenses. Originally from the United States, she currently resides in Co. Louth. www.elputnam.com, www.inaction.ie