AboutThe Politics of Seeing - A dialogues between dance and anthropology
Reflecting on their parallel trajectories, former danceràÂ Miranda Pennell and anthropologist Massimiliano MollonaàÂ consider dance as a way of understanding people, andàÂ anthropology as performance.àÂ They will discuss the reasons they both employ using film as a space for reflecting critically on their own practices, considering issues such as the relationships between consciousness and process, choreography and agency, and appearance and meaning.
Massimiliano Mollona teaches anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His interests focus on the anthropology of work, class and politics and on visual anthropology and film. He has done extensive fieldwork in Europe and Brazil and is currently involved in several film projects in Brazil.
Miranda Pennell originally trained in contemporary dance in New York and at the Theatre-school Modern Dance Dept., Amsterdam.àÂ àÂ Soon she started to explore choreographic ideas through film and video.àÂ HeràÂ work has centred on a diverse range of human subjectsàÂ that including soldiers and a marching band, teenage ice-skaters, amateur and professional dancers, fight directors and Rock drummers.àÂ The people participate in games whose rules remain hidden from the viewer. Young men and women appear bound together by an uncertain logic, their actions forming ambiguous rituals. àÂ Miranda Pennell's work has been shown across different contexts including independent cinema, gallery, and broadcast. In 2008 exhibitions includedàÂ one-person showsàÂ at the Centre pour l'Image Contemporain, Geneva, theàÂ at Centre Cultura Contemporanea Barcelona, and Interfilm Berlin (D); in 2009, at Cinema Nova Bruxelles (Be),àÂ Tampere International Short Film Festival (Fi) and Tabor Film Festival (Hr) and in 2010 Sixpackfilm, and Vienna Independant Shorts who will be dedicating an 'In Person' programme to her work to date in Vienna. She is currently completing a Masters in Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths University, London, and is developing a film based on British colonial archive photography.
Location: Siobhan Davies Studios, 85 St George's Road London SE1 6ER
Crossing Borders is organised by Independent Dance in partnership with the Graduate School at London Contemporary Dance School and Dance Umbrella.