Open lectures in Matter and Process symposium
The international symposium Matter and Process in Performing Arts takes place at Theatre Academy in February. Bringing together both artistic and theoretical presentations, the symposium deals with the challenges and possibilities of the situation in which the topics of matter and process come to the fore when established ontological patterns are unraveled.
The interest in theoretical movements like “new materialism” and philosophical approaches like “process ontology” also among artists and artistic researchers raises interesting questions: Why materialism now? What does it respond to and where does it lead us? And why the urgency of process ontology? What does it allow us to address and what kind of dimensions does it open? The symposium considers these questions by addressing, both theoretically and artistically, issues of “new materialism” and especially its background “process ontology”.
The symposium is organized by the Performing Arts Research Centre and the MA Programme in Choreography, joined by the MA Programme in Ecology and Contemporary Performance at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts, Helsinki, as well as the MA Programme in Choreography at the Stockholm University of the Arts.
10:00-10:15 Welcome, Auditorio 1.
10:15-11:30 Professor Olli Pyyhtinen, Tampere University: "Ongoing Historicity of Matter: On Alfred North Whitehead's Process Ontology", lecture, Auditorio 1.
11:30-12:30 Lunch break
12:30-14:00 Professor Erin Manning, Sense Lab, Montreal: “For a Pragmatics of the Useless”, Lecture, Auditorio 1.
10:00-11:30 Philosopher Miika Luoto: “Matters of Translation”, lecture, Auditorio 1.