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Philosophy in the Context of Dance - Maria Chehonadskih

Welcome to the seminar series Philosophy in the Context of Dance. Meet philosopher and critic Maria Chehonadskih.

How can we read philosophy alongside and together with contemporary performance, dance and choreographic art practices?

In the lecture series Philosophy in the Context of Dance philosophy is brought next to contemporary dance and choreographic practices. The series is a part of the BA-program in Dance Performance and is included in the Department of Dance’s Open Lectures at DOCH.

Organisation of Things in Labour and Organisation of Senses in Art: Alexander Bogdanov and the Artistic Avant-Garde

One can observe that the Soviet avant-garde proposed a set of interrelated but contradictory concepts, among them construction, tectonics, production, montage of life and life-building. This series of concepts refers simultaneously to what would normally be treated as attributes of the formal method in art and to a theory of social constructivism. The confusion, however, comes from a false genealogical lineage. What has to be accounted for, and what is normally ignored, is the background of Empirio-Marxism and the philosophy of Alexander Bogdanov. The paper focuses on Alexander Bogdanov’s theory of organisation and introduces the concept of life-building to refer to an operational logic of division and combination of the elements of universe into the complexes and bodies. The organisation of perception into the life-building complex assumes the constructive and constitutive means of an art that not only changes, but also shapes the forms of social being. Material culture as organisation of things, relations and people replaces the concept of art.



Maria Chehonadskih is a philosopher and critic. She received her PhD in philosophy from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University in 2017. Her research and work concentrates on Soviet epistemologies across Marxist philosophy, literature, and art, as well as on post-Soviet politics. She has given talks in various universities and art institutions on these topics and published in journals and magazines such as Radical Philosophy, South Atlantic Quarterly, Crisis and Critique, e-flux, Mute, and Moscow Art Magazine. In 2014, she co-curated together with Ilya Budraitskis the exhibition Shadow of a Doubt at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, which was dedicated to the topic of conspiracy. She lives and works in London. 

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Autumn program

  • 12 September Manon Santkin
  • 19 September Rudi Laermans
  • 26 September Alice Chauchat
  • 3 October Maria Chehonadskih*
  • 17 October Gabriel Schenker
  • 18 October Sonya Lindfors
  • 24 October Frank Bock
  • 30 October Andros Zins-Browne/Juliette Mapp
  • 31 October Anna Enström*
  • 7 November Tere O’Connor
  • 8 November Bojana Cvejic

*Philosophy in the Context of Dance
-The lecture series Philosophy in the Context of Dance is a part of the BA-program in Dance Performance and is included in the Department of Dance’s Open Lectures at DOCH.

All of the DOCH Open Lectures series autumn 2018 will be held at DOCH Brinellvägen 58 room G at 5.30 pm except 30 October and 8 November when they will be held at Danscentrum, Jungfrugatan 7, 6 pm.