Anne Juren’s public defence

Anne Juren’s public defence of the Documented Artistic Research Project (Doctoral Thesis) in Performative and Mediated Practices:  "Studies on Fantasmical Anatomies".

Title of PhD project: "Studies on Fantasmical Anatomies". 

The documented artistic research project by Anne Juren "Studies on Fantasmical Anatomies" as an artistic practice is published in DiVA.

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Studies on Fantasmical Anatomies is an ongoing transdisciplinary artistic research, which encompasses the spectrum of experiences and practices that I have developed as a choreographer, dancer and Feldenkrais practitioner. By drawing on various fields of knowledge – anatomy, psychoanalysis, feminist and queer theories, poetry and somatic practices – the research expands choreography towards disparate discourses, practices and treatments of the body. Based on Feldenkrais’ speculative use of language, imagination and touch, I have developed several body-orientated practices situated at the intersection of the therapeutic and the choreographic, the somatic and the poetic. The research is articulated through three transversal movements. The first movement is the expansion and distortion of the Feldenkrais Method® from its initial somato-therapeutic goals into a poetic and speculative way of addressing the body. Secondly, I propose experiences of diffraction, "blind gaze" and dissociation as a strategy for troubling the dominant regime of vision. The third movement consists of the co-regulation of bodies and dynamic relationships between the individual and the collective. Combining fantasy, the fantasme and phantasmagoria, I invented the word “fantasmical” to emphasize how the ability to imagine may create phantom limbs that are as concrete as pieces of bone. Studies of Fantasmical Anatomies are simultaneously a set of practices, methods and places where the corps fantasmé is tangible.

Victoria Pérez Royo

Examination committee
Noémie Solomon
Robert Sholl
Paula Caspão
John-Paul Zaccarini (deputy member)

André Lepecki (principal supervisor)
Sandra Noeth