Troix Chaises, Deux Libraires, la Feminine and le Masculine, l’Ensiegnement de Ranciere?
AERA Arts-based Educational Research SIG Presentation (2014) by Donald Blumenfeld-Jones
Troix Chaises, Deux Libraires
At AERA 2014 I presented a dance/poetry/theoretical musings ABER work. In this short writing I simply want to describe the situation, at this moment, for ABER work at AERA (and perhaps, by extension, at most research conferences) as well as what I wish to do next with this work.
I was assigned a smallish room designed for perhaps 30 people. It was filled with chairs as well as a table up front, a round tall table for speaking and another smaller table with a projector and, in the corner of the room, a screen for the projector. None of these tables could be moved. This left a narrow half-space up front. Even with moving the chairs together with minimal room for people to sit, the space was tight and crowded.
While I had planned that there would limited space for movement and had, as much as possible, designed the choreography to not take much space, it was much more constrained than even I had considered. Additionally I had not planned for the following eventualities.
Ideally I would have had the words memorized so that I might speak them more directly. In the next instantiation of this piece I am going to have the words recorded so that I don’t speak at all but, rather, move in some prescribed improvisatory way while the words are being heard. In this way I maintain my stance as a dancer and the words become music, along with the more conventional music. The movement will not be illustrative of the words but be counter to them.