Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter

Adhocracy residency

Presented in association with Critical Path

Emily Johnson

Each year for Adhocracy, Vitalstatistix hosts a unique artist-in-residence initiative.

Guest artists join us to develop a new project, working with a team of South Australian collaborators for a fortnight leading up to Adhocracy. The work then features in Adhocracy’s public program of showings and talks. This year we are very excited to welcome our first international artist to lead this annual residency.

Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter is a new process-based work in development by Emily Johnson and her global collaborators. The project is about ways of being and ways of making. It is research and process as ceremony. It is dance. It is writing about dance. It will be shared as dance, text and public gathering.

Emily Johnson is a First Nations artist from USA. Originally from Alaska and of Yup’ik descent, she is currently based in New York City where she is director of dance company Catalyst. A Guggenheim Fellow and Bessie award winning choreographer, she creates work that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance. Her dances function as installations, engaging audiences within and through a space and environment, interacting with a place’s architecture, history, and role in community. Emily’s four-part work SHORE was presented at Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival in Melbourne, 2017.

Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter offers a framework for exploring decolonial practices of embodiment, site-responsive choreographic practices and their relationship to land, and the radical relationships that are created through dance making and other forms of artistic activation.

This is an interdisciplinary exploration – choreographers, dancers, writers, and other multidisciplinary artists are able to apply for this opportunity. The residency is presented in partnership with dance development organisation Critical Path, as part of a program of national labs led by international practitioners.

Expressions of interest for the residency (open to South Australian artists only): Details released in April, applications close 28 May. Stay tuned.


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