Corkscrew Events – Autumn Term 2016

Dear all

This is a note regarding Corkscrew – a network for practice-based/led research students in the School of Arts at Birkbeck.

Each term, Corkscrew hosts events specifically for students pursuing their research through practice.  There will be one ‘show and tell’ session, which allows students to share and discuss examples of practice, and another event offered by a visiting speaker from across the disciplines.

Details of the events we are running this term can be found below.  Look forward to seeing you there!

Many thanks


Corkscrew events

Show and Tell

On Monday 31 October, 2-5pm, join us for the first show and tell session of the year.

Hosted by Bruno Roubicek, artist and Birkbeck PhD student, this show and tell session invites practice-based research students to present work in progress. It’s an opportunity to share your emerging practice and receive feedback in a supportive environment. Sessions through the year will consider how practice and scholarship can work together to generate insight and understanding. What is “doing knowledge” and how can practice be made evident to examiners?

Show and Tell takes place in G10, School of Arts. RSVP to Bruno here.

Breath Catalogue

On Monday 14 November, 2-5pm, join us for Breath Catalogue.

Breath Catalogue is a collaborative work by artist-scholars Kate Elswit and Megan Nicely, and data scientist/interaction designer Ben Gimpert, together with composer Daniel Thomas Davis and violist Stephanie Griffin.

The project combines choreographic methods with medical technology to externalize breath as experience. Dance artists link breathing and movement patterns in both creation and performance. Our goal is to expand the intrinsic dance connection between breath and gesture. The catalogue makes it possible to collect and retrieve different breath samples through the process of live dance, by visualizing and making audible the data obtained from the mover’s breath, and inserting this into the choreographic process to make the breath perceptible to the spectator.

The piece uses capacitance resistance sensors from StretchSense. This wearable technology gathers breath data during the Breath Catalogue performance and transmits it. Doing so is more than “tracking”; it enables the development of feedback loops that create new choreographic structures, in the process allowing the dancers to interact with their own breath in new, intimate, and palpable ways.

Kate and Megan will present a lecture demonstration version of Breath Catalogue, incorporating moments for Q&A with the audience. This event will be of interest to practice-based researchers working in the fields of performance, visual culture, medical humanities and digital humanities.

Breath Catalogue will take place in G10, Birkbeck School of Arts.  Places are free but limited – book here.