Simo Kellokumpu


My doctoral artistic research –project examines choreography as a reading practice. In the research the notion of choreography operates simultaneously as an analytical device, problem to be examined, and as an artistic outcome. The primary method for the research is choreographic experimental practice, which delves into the process of dynamic place-taking in which human body couples into the surrounding movements from microscopic to telescopic, and beyond, without the aim of mastering the movement. This experimental process circuits, examines, and develops understanding how choreographic practice can be understood as an embodied hyper-reading practice, which materializes, de-, and re-codes movements of the situated and contextual transforming circumstances that choreograph my body. Thus choreographic practice processes here simultaneous incoherent multiplicity, which is formed by relations, interconnectedness, and reciprocity of movement, surrounding material, human corporeality and embodiment, place, space, and context.


The research process consists of following movements and transformations:

from choreographer towards choreoreader

from choreographing towards choreoreading

from grounded embodied choreographic structure towards astroembodied choreostruction

from human body vessel towards human atmospheric organism


In the frameworks of Choreography studies the research contributes to the shift and expansion from the historical thinking of choreography as a writing -practice, in which human body masters the movements, to a choreoreading practice, which focuses on reciprocal lived and conceptual relations, inter-dependencies, trans-actions, and critical perspectives to the movements of a performance-environment. The research project also contributes to the genealogies of site-specificity and context responsive practices extending the notion of site towards the Outer Space.  In the artistic works of the project, there are various means at hands, processed, and developed from the fields of performing and visual arts.


The project is supervised by Ph.D., choreographer Michael Kliën, Duke University, Durham, and prof. Jan Kaila, Fine Arts Academy, Helsinki