Symposium on Embodied Art Practice

It was disappointing to attend another lecture that I, and my classmates, had very little idea about what it was about. We spent the first half hour watching a video about a session where a group of jewish people got together to make drawings in a room while also singing. The topic of the lecture was supposed to be about how we use our bodies to create images but what I witnessed was singing while drawing, bringing to mind Snow White: Whistle While You Work. 
The images were made on A3 paper and with charcoal and the participants seemed to be creating work that linked to how they linked to the music the other people created. The music itself was lovely and nice to listen to but the rest of the video lost me, especially when it came to one of the participants kissing the floor, this may be an act of devotion but it was uncomfortable to watch. I feel there are better discussions to be had about using our bodies to make art, and better ones about spirituality which is where this video attempts to take us. 
This particular part of the lecture was really uninvolving which is a real shame as there was scope to include some activities which would have engaged more people, or at least it would have engaged me more. The last few weeks have had a practical elements, such as Jamie’s, and have been engaging and enjoyable as a result. 

The second part of this lecture was given by Roy Claire Potter. She gave us a link to a Soundcloud clip to listen to that she had made. I am afraid I couldn’t really tell you about it as it was so mono tone and dull and irrelevant that it made my attention wonder but seemed to centre around masturbation?

All these sessions have done for me so far is to reaffirm my dislike for performance art which is just so hard to swallow at the best times. The Big Lebowski and Spaced with Vulva’s performance art piece are the only performance art examples I can think of in pop culture and the only ones i like, mainly because they are slightly poking fun, one at the individual and the other at the pretentiousness of the art scene which performance art does better than the other areas of art. 

There was an opportunity to talk further about this lecture in small groups but I didn’t attend, and a few others didn’t either. This is mainly because of a lack of interest and a sense of confusion as well as looming deadlines so some people spent time researching or adding to blogs. 
Instead we set up a session our selves to discuss what was due to be handed in and how to do it, if the lectures had been focused on this instead, it would have been more worthwhile use of our time. 


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