Theory as theater
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 15 2012
Theorems, Proofs, Rebuttals, and Propositions: A Conference of Theoretical Theater began with the simple conception of "theater" as a public site for insight (in Greek, theater means 'seeing place'), tied intrinsically to theory or 'ways of seeing.' This conference is based on the premise that performance is not just an artistic medium, it is also a vast and complex conceptual/ philosophic structure (multiplicitous, logarithmic, exponential, quantum). We posit performance as an "uncanny social science," a way of researching human social experience by being it, by encompassing, constructing, simultaneously causing and being caused-by business, community and kinship conceptions, systems of definition like gender and race, political and intuitional constructs, and so on. There is no praxical division between academic fields of inquiry. Modes must be researched and developed by everyone, across artistic mediums, across social and "hard" sciences, across daily living patterns, across conversations and other communications.
The project seeks both to recognize, theorize, and authorize performance-making as a constructive theorizing and envisioning act that may have the agency to escape autonomous artistic spheres and participate in co-construction of public discourse and, as a performance project itself, to invent, theorize, test, bend, expand, and corrupt the conference's own overarching theory and mode of production.
We seek proposals for theoretical propositions to be presented via performance. Four proposals will be chosen and will constitute the initial stage of the conference.
Deadline for proposals extended to August 15, 2012.