june 2018

20jun(jun 20)14:3021(jun 21)15:15FeaturedClaudia Kappenberg - Still, a philosophical, participatory experience14:30 - 15:15 (21) B: Studio 1

Event Details

This intervention is a participatory, performative event as much as a meditative, philosophical experience, and takes place in the formal gardens of the Dartington Estate.<br /> The project proposes a space without use or necessity. Two performers guard the place and welcome the visitors. Small beakers filled to the brim with water are given to those who want to enter the space, the precarious load slowing down the guests and challenging habits. Water here is used for its capacity of stillness, rather than flow or movement or force. Water is attended to, and held in suspension. The event as such is an interlude, or what Anthropologist Nadia Seremetakis calls a still-act (The Senses Still, 1994). The small beakers and their reflecting, reflexive water surface literally constitute a still act that is nevertheless an active process and an engagement that re-instates the participant as the agent of his/ her experience.<br /> The work also draws on George Perec’s writing in Species of Spaces and other Pieces (2008), in which he considers the possibility of a space without a use. A small, seemingly useless act is foregrounded and makes present both the water and the bearer though a mutually balancing repose.

The project has been shown in different contexts and was first exhibited at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill as part of Slow Races (Kappenberg 2014). It was more recently reconfigured for The Performance Arcade in Wellington, New Zealand, sited in one of several shipping containers that had been set up in Wellington’s Harbour and exhibited over 4 days in March 2017. It was also part of the Hastings Fringe in September 2017 and sited in a disused alley way.



Claudia Kappenberg is a performance and media artists. Her projects have been shown internationally and draw on dance and the visual arts to create minimal choreographies for live site-specific events as well as screen-based work. Interventions take place in hybrid spaces in which urban and social patterns converge with natural elements. Since 2004 she lectures at the University of Brighton, UK. Publications are included in The International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media (2010), Art in Motion (Cambridge Scholars, 2015), the Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies (Oxford University Press 2016) and Syncope in Visual and Performing Arts (Editions Le Manuscrit, 2016).



20 (Wednesday) 14:30 - 21 (Thursday) 15:15


B: Studio 1

Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EN