Connecting process and language through the slime of the mollusc: Fading---Feminism---Practice---Process

Savage, Karen (2011) Connecting process and language through the slime of the mollusc: Fading---Feminism---Practice---Process. In: Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Conference 2011, 7-9 September 2011, University of Kingston.

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Documentation is a process of slime; it lingers between the effect and affect of performance. It is a connected trace element that can be reconsidered by others – who may slide on the slippery stream of process.

This may sound rather poetic, or perhaps messy, but using phenomenology and écriture féminine I propose a paper that explores how process, language and slime are connected to practice as research – and this is explored through the mollusc.

The mollusc represents the safe-house containing the flesh of the body. There are distinct parts; the flesh is in excess of the harder exterior, yet they operate together. The flesh is able to protrude from the protective safe-house experiencing the balance between the weight of the protection and the lightness of the vulnerability that exposure and freedom brings. In order to move, or to progress, the body must take the chance of being vulnerable, to move out of its safe-house and explore new spaces. Meanwhile a processural trace is left to reveal the path followed, the snail-mollusc’s trail documenting its journey. When the original body is ready to leave the hard exterior, the hard exterior could always house another body, perhaps a different type of body, and not always a well-fitting body, but it would still be useful. Rather like a methodological approach or a theory applied to a body of work, it can be used to house all types of bodies but not all of them fit so well. The shell becomes a still space in which we can imagine an archive, a commercial gallery, a document of the process, but the process is no longer moving. The body on the other hand is transient; like all bodies it is sensual and touching, emotive and some are re-producing. The new body can start a new journey. If we become too reliant on the protective safe-house we would not be able to move or progress, we would perish without leaving a trace of any experience. We may have felt safe but we would have experienced very little.

Keywords:mollusc, collaboration, practice-as-research, documenting performance, practical processes
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W310 Musicianship/Performance studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W440 Theatre studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
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