performing precarity

This week marks another focused residency for the lecture on climate change project with Marc Ainger and Ann Stimson of the laptop ensemble, dancers Claire Melbourne, Lexi Stilianos and Laura Rodriguez, Oded Huberman on percussion and lights, and DJ Dorian Ham. Pushing improvisatory states to the extreme of 'not knowing' we are seeking to perform precarity to such an extent that audiences are given an opportunity to experience in the moment with us--the underlying uncertainty that characterizes our lives in these volatile times. This project is part of our larger Humane Technologies focus on performance this year and interest in fostering well-being and an ethics of care. By 'turning toward' these states and working to move within them, the embodied capacity to act is enhanced. Ignoring unease, trying to gloss it over and escape is perhaps less humane than living into it.

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