Techne Conflux: Art, Performance & Free Association
6th Dec 2019 10:00am-6:30pm
This workshop is offered as a technē Conflux,
an extended training, development, exhibition or performance programme
which aims to enhance research or intellectual skills, or facilitate the
sharing of expertise amongst doctoral students in the arts and
This experiential study day explores 'free association' as both a
method of enquiry pioneered by Freudian psychoanalysis and as an
evocation of various kinds of collective practice – whether political,
educational, artistic or spiritual – that are freely chosen and
determined by those who take part, beyond familiar forms of belonging or
organisation. Taking the dream as foundational for the theory and
practice of free association, the day unfolds through a series of
participatory sessions that engage with both the collective and the
dream as intelligent things. Led by psychoanalyst and social theorist,
Dr Raluca Soreanu (University of Essex) and Dr Simon Bayly, Reader in
Drama, Theatre and Performance (Roehampton), the day will be primarily
shaped through the shared contributions of participants in response to
joint tasks and readings.
Questions that we hope to hold in mind during the day include:
How do collectives act, in moments when their actions appear to us
as surprising forms of wisdom, aimed at preserving something valuable,
How do dreams act, so that through their composition, they appear as repositories of a particular form of knowledge or wisdom?
What can the practices of free association tell us about normative
constraints that tacitly shape ways of being, talking and acting
How might reflecting on dreams, collectives or the figure of the
‘wise child’ allow a more expansive insight into the relationship
between mastery and stupidity, failure and success, the professional and
the unprofessional, sincerity and fraudulence in the experience of
research within the academy?
The morning and afternoon sessions are designed for a maximum
of 20 participants, so please book early. Preparatory readings and
information will be distributed in advance to registered participants.
In the event of these sessions being over-subscribed, a waiting list
will be maintained should places become available. The evening seminar
is a public event open to all.
Art, Performance & Free Association is the fourth in a series of
six intensive study days over two years, hosted by the University of
Roehampton. The days are designed for creative arts and critical theory
candidates at doctoral level, and are open to technē researchers and
associates at all technē partnership institutions and other interested PhD researchers within those institutions.
Each intensive day combines seminars, workshops and talks and hosts
an international guest theorist or artist. Each day is organised around
key concepts in i
nterdisciplinary thought that impact upon the study of
art and performance: materiality, the sonorous, political imagination, free assocation, mobility and temporality.
Location: Studio 5, Jubilee Building, University
of Roehampton, London SW15 5PJ