EVENT HORIZON PROGRAM
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Lecturer and Tutor Bios (Note this list is not yet complete):
Friday, 14 September 2001
'First Night' -- Tim Etchells / Forced Entertainment
Note Wednesday and Thursday (10 & 11 October) are days off.
Tim Etchells is a writer and artist based in Sheffield, England. He is best known for his work with Forced Entertainment, who have been called "Britain's most brilliant experimental theatre company" (The Guardian). In 1997 he co-directed DIY, a film for Channel Four which won the Best Short Story Documentary Film Festival. Certain Fragments: Contemporary Performance and Forced Entertainment, a collection of Etchell's theoretical and critical writing on performance, was published by Routledge in 1999.
Adrian Heathfield is a teacher, maker of, and writer on performance. He lectures in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick in the UK and has been a Visiting Scholar in Performance Studies at New York University and at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the editor of Small Acts: Performance, The Millennium and the Marking of Time (Black Dog Publications, 2000), and with Andrew Quick of On Memory, Performance Research (Vol. 5, No. 3, Routledge, 2000), and with Andrew Quick and Fiona Templeton, of the box publication Shattered Anatomies: Traces of the Body in Performance (Arnolfini Live, 1997). His writing has also appeared in Hybrid, Performance Research, Cultural Studies, Art and Design, Connect, and Space and Culture. He is currently working on a new book, Opening Night: Essays on Performance, Memory and Death.
Dragan Klaic is Professor of Theater Studies at the University of Amsterdam. From 1992 until recently (summer 2001) he was also Director of the Theater Instituut Nederland, a position from which he resigned in protest against the government subsidy cuts and meddling in institutional policy priorities. Educated in dramaturgy in Belgrade and with a doctorate in theater history and dramatic criticism from Yale University, Klaic has lectured widely in Europe and America, taken part in numerous conferences and symposia and worked as theater critic, dramaturg, festival and production advisor, editor, researcher and trainer.
Before leaving Yugoslavia Klaic was Professor at the University of Arts in Belgrade and the founding Co-Editor of Euromaske, the European Theater Quarterly. Among his books are Terrorism and Modern Drama (co-edited with J. Orr, Edinburgh Univ. Press 1990, paperback 1992); The Plot of the Future: Utopia and Dystopia in Modern Drama (Michigan Univ. Press 1991); and Shifting Gears / Changer de Vitesse (co-edited with R. Engelander, TIN Amsterdam 1998). His articles have appeared in many periodicals in several languages. Klaic is a contributing editor to Theater magazine (USA), a member of the board of Praemium Erasmianum (Amsterdam) and Transeuropeennes (Paris), and member of the advisory boards of the Nexus Institute (Tilburg), Kunsten 92 and the Fund for the Central & East European Book Project (Amsterdam) and of the Marcel Hicter European Diploma (Brussels).
I was born on November 30, 1943 (said to be 'a bad wine year') during air raids in a bombshelter in the famous steel city of Solingen, Germany. In 1968 I chose Amsterdam as a place to live and work.
1968 - 1971 -- Freelance consultant photographer to the Polaroid Corp in Europe and the USA. Experimental photography, writing aphorisms.
1971 - 1975 -- Auto-Polaroids (Soliloquy), environmental works, publications, film, video, performances and installations.
1976 - 1988 -- Relation Works with Marina Abramovic. Performances, installations, polaroids, video, film. Journeys throughout Europe (East and West), Australia, India, China, North Africa.
1989 - 1997 -- Photo works, performances. Journeys to China, Japan, Australia. Artist in residence, Berlin. Teaching, group-projects and workshops.
1998 - present -- Professor for new media art, Staatliche Hochschule fuer Gestaltung, Karlsruhe, Germany.
Tom McCarthy has written about literature and art for a variety of publications including the Times Literary Supplement, the Observer, Adam International Review, Time Out Amsterdam and Mute Magazine, which he edited for a while. He has also lectured on these subjects, and in 2000 was invited to address the Amsterdam-Maastrich Summer University's inaugural conference, 'Emulation in a Cultural Context'. He has recently completed two novels, Men in Space and Recidual, which are currently being placed with a publisher.
McCarthy participates in the 2001 DasArts Block programme as founder and General Secretary of the International Necronautical Society, a protean organisation organisation dedicated to mapping and pursuing trajectories through the fields of literature, philosophy, art and science which revolve around the theme of death. The International Necronautical Society's last residence was at London's Austrian Cultural Institute in March-April 2001, during which time McCarthy received and interviewed eighteen of Britain and Europe's leading cultural figures. The interview recordings are currently being transcribed for publication as INS archive documents.
Jalal Toufic is the author of four books (Distracted, (Vampires): An Uneasy Essay on the Undead in Film, Over-Sensitivity, Forthcoming), a film theorist, and video artist. His video and installation works, which include 'Credits Included: A Video in Red and Green' (1995), 'Ashura: This Blood Spilled in my Veins' (1996), and 'Radical Closure Artist with Bandaged Sense Organ' (1997), have been shown at Artists Space, New York; the San Francisco Cinematheque, the Lab and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; UCLA Film and TV archive; XYZ Artist's Outlet, Toronto; Theatre de Beyrouth; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; and Centre International de Poésie, Marseille. He has taught at California Institute of the Arts, University of California at Berkeley, and USC. He currently lives in Lebanon.
Frank van de Ven is a dancer and choreographer who spent years in Japan working with Min Tanaka and the Maijuku Performance Company. In 1993 he founded (together with Katerina Bakatsaki) 'Body Weather Amsterdam', a platform for training and performance research. Since 1995 he conducts (with Milos Sejn) the interdisciplinary Bohemia Rosa Project, connecting body and landscape with art, geology and architecture.
An interest in dance and theory led Van de Ven to work with other dancers and theorists in extracting concrete strategies for dance from the theories of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. This research concentrates on the question 'How to make yourself a Dancing Body Without Organs' and investigates (collaboratively with Peter Snow of the University of Melbourne) the simultaneous production of Thought and Action.
Films (video and 16mm): Dancing Plasy Times 8, CI-VIT, LOM and NOUGHTS.
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