Mike O'Connor

Mike O'Connor


DAS Research
Research Group
THIRD Cohort 2

THIRD Fellow (Cohort 2), DAS Research

O’Connor graduated from the Amsterdam Master of Choreography program in 2015 and has a BFA from University of Utah. Working at the intersection of cognitive science and movement, his artistic work attempts to recreate and articulate some of the basic building blocks of human perception as performative tools. He has presented work and lectures at the Venice Biennale, the Mind and Brain School in Berlin, the Detroit Dance City Film Festival, ImpulsTanz, TQW and Spring Dance in Utrecht. He teaches creative practice and feedback to university students in BA and MA programs throughout Europe, is a somatic bodyworker and adapts movement-based abstract thinking and collaboration skills for use in businesses. His piece TERTIARYwas nominated for the Prix d’Jardin in the 8:Tension series at the ImpulsTanz Festival. His solo premiere work a waiting dog dies earned him Vienna’s ‘dancer to watch’ in BalletTanz Magazine 2008. He has also performed in works by Deborah Hay, David Zambrano and Willi Dorner among others.

Imagined, Bodily, Perceived Lines
We could think of experience as a layering of lines of different modalities; lines that we imagine, lines that we make as in traces of movements, and lines that we perceive sensually.  Lines appear as important dynamic data generated from the body in a variety of contemporary research fields other than dance. My research seeks to confront neuroscience, psychology, linguistics theories with practice-based research in order to “in-corporate” theoretical abstractions into concrete practices. What differs from the approach of previous scholars (e.g. Ingold 2015) is that I use movement as a method of inquiry and seek to understand what movement reveals when used to approach the embodied topic of lines.   By thinking of lines as a spatio-temporal energetic movement (Sheets-Johnstone 2011), an individualist thinking mode is replaced by a more responsive, connected space that exists beyond one’s own kinesphere. Documenting the research in a responsive, with-ness manner (Shotter 2012, 8)way intends to articulate how a better understanding of lines as forms that we create, and that, in turn, provide structure to how we think, could widen how we operate and what we consider a body to be.

Website: http://www.awaitingdog.com
Article: Metaphorical Objects https://www.academia.edu/27934733/Metaphorical_Objects
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/mikeoconnor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/awaitingdog/

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