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TLRH | Seeing Beyond the Surface of the Performer's Body

Monday, 8 March 2021, 10 – 11am

TLRH | Seeing Beyond the Surface of the Performer's Body

A research presentation by Mauricio Quevedo (Department of Drama, TCD and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) as part of the School of Creative Arts Research Forum (SCARF) in association with Trinity Long Room Hub.

Seeing beyond the surface of the performer's body: Researching the relationship between gaze, body and technology, through art practice.
The goal of this presentation is it to share a general overview of my method of work and findings while producing a post-surface visuality in theatre performance. This visuality is a technology-based visual experience that expands the limits of vision and enables the production of images of performer's body beyond its surface. I use Art Practice as Research (PaR) to explore the creative means involved in producing such visuality as well as the gaze-body relationship it enables. More specifically, through the creative work with high-power led lights and thermal cameras, I research how my use of these devices affects the way I see my own body, perform and experience being observed by the spectators. In doing so, I propose theatre as an interesting object to study visual experience and defend its capacity to offer valuable data pertaining to the attitudes and feelings we experience when we look at one another. Furthermore, I champion arts' capacity to not only unveil the gaze-body relation, but to transform it.

Mauricio Quevedo is an artist and guest researcher at Trinity College Dublin's Drama Department, working alongside Dr. Nicholas Johnson. His professional experience and training range from actor to director to academic. He has performed and directed in productions in Chile, Canada, England and Ireland. Among his most important works are his intermedial staging of Heinner Müller’s Hamletmachine (2012) and the cyberformance of Patrick Leroux’s Embedded (2013), which was performed in an apartment and streamed live on the Internet. His most recent work centres around the possibility of showing or finding the self in an image, in times when technology allows us to disseminate our bodies at incredible speed and numbers. He explores these issues through live performance and photography. He is currently finishing his PhD at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, researching how new technologies can be incorporated into live performance and offer a view of the performer's body beyond the skin. Mauricio's research is financed by ANID/Doctorado Nacional/2017- 21170002.

The School of Creative Arts Research Forum meets fortnightly at 10am on Mondays during term and is led by the School's doctoral students. The aim of the Forum is to give a space for School researchers, both staff and postgraduate students, to share their ideas in a supportive environment. It is also an opportunity for the School to hear about the research of colleagues both from within TCD and outside who share our research interests. In line with the research agenda of the School, talks will encompass traditional research and practice-based research and will be followed by Q&A.

Please indicate if you have any access requirements, such as ISL/English interpreting, so that we can facilitate you in attending this event. Contact: grilec@tcd.ie

Please register here.

Campus Location: Online
Accessibility: N/A
Room: Online
Research Theme: Creative Arts Practice
Event Type: Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free but registration is required
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