The Artistic PhD Project by Marie Fahlin is now published!


The artistic PhD project can be found in DIVA.

Title of PhD project: Moving through Choreography – Curating Choreography as an Artistic Practice.

The Documented artistic research project (part 1) by Marie Fahlin, Moving through Choreography – Curating Choreography, as an Artistic Practice is published in DiVA. Part 2 will be published on 31 March. 


The exhibition of Marie Fahlin´s artistic research project Moving through Choreography – Curating Choreography as an Artistic Practice takes the notion of ‘centauring’ as its starting point. It can be understood as a temporary integration of two bodies, practices, objects or fields of knowledge in the creation of a third – to us unknown – creature, phenomenon, situation, becoming or thing; a centaur.

The centaur is a fantasy figure, a liminal being, but also the notion, or image, used in dressage, to describe the practice and the aesthetics of an equipage. The project has evolved from questions concerning how curating and choreography can be understood as one common artistic practice, how they are ‘centauring’, and how this practice operates in relation to dressage.

The relation between horses and humans within the field of dressage (equitation) builds on choreographic practices (forms, patterns, movements and the equestrian´s ‘aids’) and includes affect creating situations like intimacy, dominance, fear, flow and compliancy. In her project, Marie Fahlin has used objects, terminology and choreography emanating from dressage and together with performers she has researched how these can be set in motion in performative actions in order to find new ways of curating the inner and external aesthetics, as well as extending the knowledge field, of dressage.

The exhibition consists of a large scale spatial diagram on the floor on which a live performance, ONE – I leave the skin dead and dry shining light behind me , has taken place and been video documented, and projected on a wall in the gallery. The diagram is a visual representation of the project’s internal structure, a choreographic document; drawn, written and populated by objects, texts and choreographies. The performance of ONE – I leave the skin dead and dry shining light behind me is based on choreographies and curatorial strategies from earlier expositions in the same series.

Rebecca Chentinell
Sybrig Dokter
Maria Öhman
Cicilia Östholm

Video documentation:                  

As an integrated part of the exhibition, a program will take place. Artists, choreographers, dancers, experts of dressage, together with other artistic researchers, have been invited to perform, to intervene with the exhibition and engage in conversations on the art of riding as well as the notion of artistic research, in relation to visual exposition and the field of art.
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