ΖΟΟΜ ΙΝ! Sensing the World Through the Minor

ΖΟΟΜ ΙΝ! Sensing the World Through the Minor

Isadora & Raymond Duncan Research Dance Centre announces the creation of a two-year-long research project entitled ‘ZΟΟΜ IN! – Sensing the World Through the Minor’. The project aims to examine relations, parallels and intersections between arts and crafts, craftsmanship and mental work, as well as the social and political connotations this relation can have today.

Departure point for the project is the philosophy of ‘actionalism’ of Raymond Duncan, main initiator of the design and narrative of the building that hosts today the Isadora & Raymond Duncan Research Dance Centre in Vyronas.  According to this philosophy, ‘people are not what they think they are, but what they do’. Everyday labour and craftsmanship use the body in the direction of personal development and pleasure.

Advocating self-sufficiency and autonomy, and with important references to the thought of Plato, who considered art and technique to be closely interrelated, Duncan designs and creates a building on the model of the Mycenaean palace: around a central patio, small autonomous laboratories are organised, dedicated each to a craft or an artistic practice, such as weaving, sandal making, painting or poetry… all of them in an on-going dialogue with everyday life and the art of dance.

In a time of nonstop, immaterial communication and networking:

  • How can art and craftsmanship inform each other through a mutual, thorough study of their creative process?
  • What can this approach mean for the way we act on a social level?
  • How can every day, ‘minor’ actions interact with the ‘major’?
  • can such actions affect established systems and lead to the emergence of alternative models of social and political coexistence?

Departing from Raymond Duncan’s ideas, ZOOM IN! moves around three main research themes:

  • craftsmanship, hands, gestures and (political) thought
  • minor ‘actions’ as the human ability to intervene on a social level
  • social imaginary, ways to approach our social coexistence

During two years, a series of artistic, social and educational activities and, among others, a two-day-long international Atelier (12-13/04/2019) in the frame of the European Dancehouses Network (EDN) will take place in the frame of the project.