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Saturday March 16 | Session 15:05 - 16:35 (20 min) De Brakke Grond | Steegzaal

lo bil is a York University Interdisciplinary Masters candidate based in Toronto, Canada. lo's performance experiments generate intuitive research into academic concepts through spontaneous utterance, object manipulation, impulse-based scores and interrelational  proposals with audience. lo won the FADO Live Art Award at Summerworks Performance Festival 2015.

In 2018, lo delivered practice-based papers and actions for: Northwestern University (Chicago), Canadian Theatre Research-CATR (Kingston), Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America-LMDA (Toronto), Dalhousie University (Halifax), and University of Toronto “Sick Theory” conference. In 2019, lo presents at Gruentaler 9 Project Space (Berlin), Performance Philosophy Research Conference (Amsterdam), Cloud Danslab (The Hague) and at The Hemispheric Institute's Encuentro (Mexico City).
Via performance lecture, I ask how my texts are related by following my body negotiating meaning in the space and time with the audience.  I “drop” questions into the body, aim for “non-repeatability” and move on intuition as a method for understanding.

I interrogate “habits” or psycho-physical patterns of movement and attendant thought sequences that block my ability to think differently by aiming for non-repetition. I hypothesize that to identify, deconstruct and reorder these patterns opens the scope of emergent psychic material.

Intoxication produced through movement provides an entry-point into my unconscious image life, connecting abstract physical impulses to sublimated content by letting movements effect thoughts and speech. Taking this physical practice into performance layers on an interrelational complication of noticing how the body responds to itself while being seen by others. In this state of hyper-awareness and “felt knowing” - thoughts surface differently.

Focusing on what my body is drawn to creates a non-linear opportunity to kinaesthetically reconsider questions. In order to really ingest these texts that come from bodies I have never been in the presence of, I need to address my own physical layer as a conduit to sentient layers of meaning in the writing. I integrate spontaneous emanations by accepting that what occurs is part of the answer. This is a wild testing of the belief that the body knows in ways that the mind cannot access unless intuitive movement occurs.  

I will prepare with texts by Butler, Nancy, Deleuze and Guttari, Ranciere and Agamben.
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