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Images by Luca Truffarelli and Maurice Gunning

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Modes of Capture Symposium 2023: Call for Submissions

Closes January 30, 2023

Images by Luca Truffarelli and Maurice Gunning

Images by Luca Truffarelli and Maurice Gunning

We're delighted to announce the return of the Modes of Capture Symposium for 2023 which will take place on site at The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick with some performance presentations at Dance Limerick

We invite contributions (from researchers and practitioners) who explore the limits of what can be captured as well as the range of modes of captures. These may take the form of paper presentations, workshops, informal performances or online presentations. More information below.

Our Modes of Capture Symposium 2023 will be a forum for dialogue on capturing dancemaking processes, with a focus on approaches that encourage a deeper engagement with what we already know above the search for novelty and newness. Slowing down and re-entering a moment allows us to unfold a richer description, a deeper attending to and a fuller embodied sense of what might only be a split second of insight.

Inspired by current understandings of right and left brain hemisphere relationships (Mc Gilchrist) which creates dialogue between an holistic overview and the focused examination of a particular experience, the symposium takes these ideas and related fields as a starting point from which to consider how and why attuning to these often overlooked or undervalued registers matters.

Going deeper into our lived experience may support us to care more, imagine better systems, notice the interrelations and possibilities for change and exchange within the wider context of the current ecological, political and cultural crises we face.

  • What do dance practices and bodily knowledges offer as models or methods with which to address the ethical challenges confronting archival captures and disappearances?
  • What modes of attention foster the dance between memory and motion, archive and artform?
  • What is at stake when modes of sensation and attention shift?
    What matters and for which bodies in the fabulations and materials of archives?
  • What kinds of techniques and technologies emerge in these dialogues?
  • What can be located and/or what can be (re)imagined in our research and practices to provoke new modes of performance and perception?

  • Your proposal should be max 500 words and should include:

  • Details of any collaborators

  • Biographies

  • Your preference for presenting in person or online

  • Technical requirements - noting that only low-level technical requirements can be accommodated. Unfortunately, we cannot provide performance level technical support.

Please note that a small fee will apply for presenters to attend the symposium. Where institutional support or other funding is not available and for those on a lower income, lower fees will apply. There will also be a small number of bursary places available by application. Details of the fees and bursary application process will be available in due course.

Deadline for submissions: 30 January 2023. Please email your proposal to with Modes of Capture 2023 in the email subject line.

Key dates to remember:

Symposium date: 9th & 10th June 2023
Deadline for submissions:
30th January 2023
Decision date:
28th February 2023

The symposium will be in person and include paper presentations,
informal performances and workshops. There will be online offerings as part of the symposium.

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