Crossing Borders with film maker Miranda Pennell and anthropologist Dr. Massimiliano Mollona - The Politics of Seeing

23 Nov 2010

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Tuesday 7pm-8.30pm

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Full price: £5 | Concessions and freelance dance artists: £3

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Siobhan Davies Studios

London, United Kingdom


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ID would like to welcome you to the last talk in this series of Crossing Borders


The Politics of Seeing - A dialogues between dance and anthropology Reflecting on their parallel trajectories, former dancerà‚ Miranda Pennell and anthropologist Massimiliano Mollonaà‚ consider dance as a way of understanding people, andà‚ anthropology as performance.à‚ 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.à‚ à‚ Soon she started to explore choreographic ideas through film and video.à‚ Herà‚ work has centred on a diverse range of human subjectsà‚ that including soldiers and a marching band, teenage ice-skaters, amateur and professional dancers, fight directors and Rock drummers.à‚ 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. à‚ Miranda Pennell's work has been shown across different contexts including independent cinema, gallery, and broadcast. In 2008 exhibitions includedà‚ one-person showsà‚ at the Centre pour l'Image Contemporain, Geneva, theà‚ at Centre Cultura Contemporanea Barcelona, and Interfilm Berlin (D); in 2009, at Cinema Nova Bruxelles (Be),à‚ 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.


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