We’re back in Bedford for the final rehearsals of ‘Where am I?’ which will be premiered at dancedigital’s Mobilities Festival on the 26th April. A full performance schedule can be found here. Rachel Cherry joined us last Friday to capture the weird and wonderful process of making a dance piece about brains in vats, disembodied Dan’s and the problem of consciousness.
‘Where am I?’ is a dancedigital commission, created by Marguerite Galizia in collaboration with Simon Katan and performed by Daniel Watson. The project was funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council England.
Where am I? – A dancedigital commission conceived and directed by Marguerite Galizia; Developed in collaboration with Simon Katan and performed by Daniel Watson.
Inspired by Daniel Dennett’s philosophical experiment, this work is a ‘conversation’ between a performer (Dan Watson) and a ‘Speaking Space’ (created by the composer and coder, Simon Katan).
The work presents the impossible scenario of the protagonist’s brain being removed from his body and installed in a lab from where it continues to control and think as though it were sill inside his body.
A solo performer, (body and brain intact), wrestles with the space and with the concept of consciousness itself in an attempt to define, control and locate his self-ness. The work illuminates the issues of body/mind dualism, personal agency, free will and control that are highlighted in current research in the field of cognitive neuroscience and AI.
“A funny, cunning and technically subtle mind- bender with an adept and very engaging central performance from Dan Watson.” – Donald Hutera
Conceived and directed by Margurerite Galizia, developed in collaboration with Simon Katan (sound and software) and performed by Daniel Watson. ‘Where am I?’ was commissioned by dancedigital and supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council England.
16th May 7.30pm – Please note, due to the scratch nature of this event, the artist will only be able to show a 15 minute excerpt of the piece followed by a Q&A: Free To Fall, Richmix, 35-47 Richmix, Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
A conversation between performer Dan Watson and a Talking Space developed in collaboration with Simon Katan. A dancedigital commission conceived and directed by Marguerite Galizia.
Our digitally connected world increasingly places us in spaces beyond our natural reach. Where do we locate ourselves when we are able to exist in more than one space?
Inspired by Dan Dennett’s philosophical experiment, this ‘conversation’ piece attempts to illuminate the issues of body/mind dualism, personal agency and control.
Whether you engage with the deeper philosophical underpinnings of the work, or just enjoy the downright confusion that results as performer Dan Watson wrestles with the ideas and with the space itself, “Where am I?” will leave you scratching your head.
What: Performance as part of Go Live Festival
When: 27th and 28th September 2013
Where: The Giant Olive @ The Lion and Unicorn Pub Theatre, 42-44 Gaisford Street Time: 7.30pm
Other: Tickets £10-£15 use the promo code: camdendance to get £10 tickets when booking online: