Craft A secret history of craft told through lost and overlooked texts that illuminate our understanding of current art practice.
“Craft” is a contested concept in art history and a vital category through which to understand contemporary art. Through craft, materials, techniques, and tools are investigated and their histories explored in order to reflect on the politics of labor and on the extraordinary complexity of the made world around us. This anthology offers an ethnography of craft, surveying its shape-shifting identities in the context of progressive art and design through writings by artists and makers as well as poetry, fiction, anthropology, and sociology. It maps a secret history of craft through lost and overlooked texts that consider pedagogy, design, folk art, the factory, and new media in ways that illuminate our understanding of current art practice.
Recently, the idea of craft has been employed strategically: to confront issues of gender or global development, to make a stand against artistic academicism, or to engage with making processes—some distinctly archaic—employed to suggest the abject and the everyday. Craft activism, or craftivism, suggests a new political purpose for the handmade. Deep anxieties drive today's technophilia, and artists, designers, and makers turn such anxieties into a variety of dynamic engagements. The contributors' reflections on new technologies and materials, lost and found worlds of handwork, and the politics of work all throw light on craft as process, product, and ideology. Craft will serve as a vital resource for understanding technologies, materials, techniques, and tools through the lens of craft in contemporary art. [editor summary]
Applied anatomy of aerial arts : an illustrated guide to strength, flexibility, training, and injury preventionSpecifically designed for aerialists—including those who do trapeze, silks, and other aerial arts— Applied Anatomy of Aerial Arts is an invaluable resource for those who want to optimize their performance and train safely.
Using a biomechanical and movement-based approach, Emily Scherb, a physical therapist who specializes in the care, treatment, and education of circus performers—explains the anatomical rationale for progressions of learning and demonstrates simple movements to achieve the coordination, muscular control, strength, and fitness to hang with correct form, how to progress from hanging into a pull up, an inversion, and beyond with a strong center, precise muscle sequencing, and ease of movement.
Aerialists will learn how bones, joints, muscles, and soft tissues allow for specific movements and gain an appreciation for concepts of proximal stability.
This full-color illustrated guide lays a solid foundation for beginners and advanced students with a wealth of insights into their own performance as well as refreshers on fundamentals in warm ups and conditioning. It explains how to structure a training session, how to care for injuries, and best practices for basic self first aid. [editor summary]
Continuing training for circus arts teachers : planning, facilitating and evaluating"This publication was born out of the FEDEC's desire to equip school directors and pedagogical directors with a tool enabling them to provide their teachers an offer of training and professional development in line with the evolutions of the profession of circus arts teacher in a professional circus school and adaptable to its local, national or international context.
The first part of this guide recalls the context and the reasons for its creation: it gives keys of understanding the stakes related to this guide and specify who the main recipients of this tool are. The second part defines the educational foundations of the INTENTS training sessions, which are real experiments of training environments. They are designed to serve as reference for the training courses to come. Finally, the third part introduces the proposals regarding the planning, the facilitating and evaluation of training schemes. These proposals deal with the two main categories of training set up ("intra" formations, within schools, on the one hand, and "inter" formations, bringing together teachers from different schools, on a regional, national or international level, on the other hand)." [editor summary]
Making solo performanceFocusing specifically on solo making and performing, this unique and exciting text allows the experts to speak for themselves. In interviews with Misri Dey, six recognised solo performers working across a range of performance genres – including theatre, dance, live and performance art, site-specific performance, music video and film – provide insightful and practical strategies for creative making and performing processes. Interviewees include Bryony Kimmings, Tim Etchells, Bobby Baker, Mike Pearson, Wendy Houstoun and Nigel Charnock.
Engaging and accessible, this is an invaluable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Theatre, Performance and Acting, scholars, lecturers and performance practitioners. It will also appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students of Women's Studies, Creative Writing and the Visual Arts. [editor summary]
I am a body of landf poetry is a place to question, I Am a Body of Land by Shannon Webb-Campbell is an attempt to explore a relationship to poetic responsibility and accountability, and frame poetry as a form of re-visioning. Here Webb-Campbell revisits the text of her earlier work Who Took My Sister? to examine her self, her place and her own poetic strategies. These poems are efforts to decolonize, unlearn, and undoo harm. Reconsidering individual poems and letters, Webb-Campbell's confessional writing circles back, and challenges what it means to ask questions of her own settler-Indigenous identity, belonging, and attempts to cry out for community, and call in with love. [editor summary]
The art of feminism : images that shaped the fight for equality, 1857-2017Since its inception, the women's movement has harnessed the power of the image to transmit its message. From the posters of the Suffrage Atelier, to the photographs of Carrie Mae Weems, this comprehensive survey traces the ways in which feminists have shaped art and visual culture from the mid-nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Featuring more than 350 works of art, illustration, photography, performance, graphic design, and publlic protest, this stunning volume showcases the vibrancy and daring of the feminist aesthetic over the last 150 years. [editor summary]
Narcisse et ses avatarsEn vingt-six entrées vives et accessibles, Yves Michaud pose son regard de philosophe sur les mutations à l’œuvre dans notre société. YouTube, Narcisse, la Com’, le Design, l’Hédonisme, le Sexe ou encore le People, s’entrecroisent et se répondent dans ce petit précis philosophique ultramoderne. C’est à contrecourant des discours alarmistes que le lecteur retrouvera son quotidien, ses obsessions et névroses. Il entrera dans cet abécédaire comme on tend devant soi un miroir, ou un smartphone, et se verra délivrer des clés à la compréhension du monde d’aujourd’hui et de demain. [résumé de l'éditeur]
Thinking Through CircusThinking Through Circus gathers ten dialogues with and between circus artists. Each entry bears witness to how a specific circus practice is (also) a practice of critical thinking, revealing how feminism, queerness, dramaturgy, love, disobedience, posthumanism and the aesthetico-political imaginary are rethought in and through contemporary circus practice.
With this book, The Circus Dialogues wants to tend to the embodied relationships between contemporary circus and today’s world, defending circus as a field in which experimental thinking is already happening and can continue to happen. Doing so, we hope to contribute to a more sustainable circus, expanding both accountability and agency within our field.
The Circus Dialogues is a two-year artistic research project at KASK School of Arts Ghent (BE) led by Bauke Lievens (BE), Quintijn Ketels (BE), Sebastian Kann (US/DE) and accompanied by Vincent Focquet (BE). Our work delves into and makes space for encounters between theory and artistic circus practice. The Circus Dialogues aims to shine a light on the circus as a field in which experimental thinking is already happening, and we work to ensure the ongoingness of such thinking in an artistic and institutional ecology that’s long-term sustainable. We do this first and foremost through our diverse artistic practices. In parallel, we organize reading groups and collaborative gatherings for circus artists. We have also published several Open Letters to the Circus. Our activities are conceived with the intention of helping to imagine the circus field as both important and political. Most importantly, we defend circus as an open and undefinable form. [editor summary]
Un prof heureux peut changer le mondeUn livre événement : le premier manuel de méditation destiné aux enseignants et appliqué au milieu éducatif. Dans une société en perpétuelle mutation, où tout va de plus en plus vite, l'enseignement et l'éducation sont devenus des enjeux cruciaux. Comment transmettre ? Comment aider les nouvelles générations à transformer le monde de demain ?À ces défis colossaux, la pratique de la pleine conscience apporte une réponse à la fois simple et précieuse. Pensé par Thich Nhat Hanh, le grand maître du bouddhisme, et les éducateurs du Village des Pruniers, composé d'exercices de méditation faciles à suivre, de conseils, de propositions d'activités, ce manuel guidera les enseignants dans leur pratique de la pleine conscience, au sein de leur propre vie mais aussi dans leur classe et auprès de leurs élèves.Lumineux et inspirant, cet ouvrage ouvre la voie vers une éducation bienveillante et heureuse, et vers un monde meilleur.
Support and alignment : in search of balance : sensation, development and creation in equilibristrics : pedagogical guide"It is on the basis of field observations and concrete pedagogical issues that several texts are suggested to deepen, explain or question the notions linked with balance, while giving the floor to those who have animated or participated in the training. While this book is not meant to describe the exercises involved in these practice times, their observation has made it possible to draw threads and to propose different tools that can be transferred to the pedagogical practices of each one. The two main parts of the manual are: building balance and developing a connection with balance. More than methods that impose rules or protocols, these sensitive approaches allow, at a given moment, to formalise the practices and to spread them. For all that, they go far beyond speech and writing and find their full realisation only when the body is in motion. "
The manual makes it possible to formalise the practices of the professionals of today and to disseminate them. The proposals are transferable from one apparatus to another and from one practice to another and allow to start a transversal reflection on aerial skills or, more generally, on the way in which the circus arts are constantly facing, the stakes and difficulties of vertical work, weight and gravity. [editor summary]
Acrobates L’exposition Acrobates est réalisée par les musées municipaux de Châlons-en-Champagne en partenariat avec le Centre national des arts du cirque (Cnac) et en co-commissariat avec Pascal Jacob, historien du cirque et directeur artistique du cirque Phénix et du Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain. À travers les collections des musées municipaux et l’incroyable collection privée Jacob-William, le thème de l’acrobate se décline sous toutes ses formes.
Acrobates met en lumière une sélection d’œuvres de typologies, époques et origines différentes, qui mettent toutes à l’honneur le geste acrobatique. Depuis les sculptures étrusques du ve siècle avant notre ère jusqu’aux œuvres de Picasso, Matisse ou Derain, le thème de l’acrobate est une inépuisable source d’inspiration.
Ce catalogue présente également des prêts de grands musées nationaux et internationaux, grâce à la participation de nombreuses institutions : Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac (Paris), MUCEM (Marseille), Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire de Bruxelles, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Musée National des Arts Asiatiques – Guimet (Paris), Musée Picasso-Paris, Musée du Louvre (Paris), Musée des arts et métiers – Cnam (Paris), Musée Rodin (Paris), Bibliothèque municipale d’Angers, Musée Rolin d’Autun, ainsi que la collection privée « Circus Art Museum J.Y. et G. Borg ». [résumé de l'éditeur]