Guest Lecture – Piersandra Di Matteo

On 23rd February colloquium session we will have performing arts theorist Piersandra Di Matteo coming in to showcase about her work around sound, voice and contemporary theatre and performance practice in Europe. The talk will be starting at 5:00pm in the M6094 Future Cinema.

Date: 23 Feb 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 17:00
Venue: M6094, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Piersandra Di Matteo poster

Spacing resonance in the topology of the voice

How does the voice “speak” from and to bodies and subjectivity? What kind of physical and relational intersubjectivity is sounded out in the interference between shifting bodies? The voice – situated in the entre-deux between body and language, at once here and elsewhere, at the centre of the chiasmus with the world – is a bodily emanation which reaches out to evoke a response, experiencing its uncanny (dis)embodied nature that sinks into the flesh. A gesture which exhibits relational dimensions within the uniqueness of being, the voice re-stages itself each time towards the other, connecting individual presence and collective usage, private bodies and the political sphere. Moving among performance studies, lacanian psychoanalysis and non-representational theory, Piersandra Di Matteo will analyse cases of the capture of the voice taken from the performing arts. With its resonating renvois between bodies, in a fracture between the utterance and what is being uttered, the phonetic organs and the fact of speaking, the paradoxical topology of the voice reveals a fluid constitution, gripped within materiality. If in recent decades the voice has been recognized as an essential material for art and research, performative space becomes a singular lens through which to examine a range of vocal and oral modalities, as a way to question out a “diapason subject” and its political nature.

About the artist:
Piersandra Di Matteo. Performing arts theorist, dramaturg and independent curator. Her theoretical research concerns postdrammatic theatre and performative formats as procedural phenomena, linguistics and contemporary philosophy. At the Department of the Arts (University of Bologna) she has been focusing her theoretical trajectory on the topology of speech, the politics and ethics of the voice. She has been part of international conferences and lectures dedicated to these topics (Montreal, London, Shanghai, Amsterdam, Bruxelles). Her essays have been published in various international magazines, art catalogues, collections of essays and multimedia projects. Her experimentation with cross-forms of performance and editorial production often involves projects in critical writing, performative writing and moments that intertwine theory and practice, understood as tactics in the configuration of other spaces for the construction of knowledge. Since 2008, she has been working closely with Romeo Castellucci as dramaturge. She is also a theoretical consultant for artists and performers. Her latest publication: Toccare il reale. L’arte di Romeo Castellucci, Cronopio, Napoli, 2015.

To find out more about the artist, you can check out her page here.


Lecture in the frame of Always Becoming#Hong Kong project by Alessandro Carboni
With the support of Italian Culture Institute of Hong Kong
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