Somaticizing the Camera
14:00 - 19:00
This workshop will introduce the basics of a new audiovisual embodied research method as a somatic practice for the digital age. Four basic relations of care will be explored: the embodied relation, the intercorporeal relation, the primary external relation, and the videographic relation. Participants will generate experimental video material out of a practice comprising these relations. Please bring a camera to work/play with. A mobile phone camera is fine. They will then have the opportunity to revisit and rework those materials from the perspective of critical editor.
The workshop will run the first 90 minutes in a studio, with Ben facilitating group interaction. Participants will then be asked to continue to work independently during the afternoon, and then to re-convene online via Zoom (not in a studio) at 18.30 for final reflections.
14:00-15:30 workshop in studio
15:30-17:00 independent group work
18:30-19:00 closing discussion
Ben Spatz is a nonbinary researcher and theorist of embodied practice. They are Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at University of Huddersfield, author of three books, and founding editor of the videographic Journal of Embodied Research. The phrase “somaticizing the camera” was proposed by Maria Kapsali to describe a research method developed by Ben Spatz with Nazlıhan Eda Erçin and Agnieszka Mendel.