Susanne Martin is a Berlin-based choreographer, performer, researcher, and teacher in the field of contemporary dance and theatre. She presents her work internationally in solo performances and collaborative stage works. Her artistic practice and research focus on improvisation as choreographic practice, critical narrations of the age(ing) body, contact improvisation, and practice as research/artistic research. Festivals that presented her performances include: International Dance and Theatre Festival (Gothenburg), Aerowaves (London), Nottdance (Nottingham), Opera Estate (Bassano del Grappa), Tanec Praha (Prague). Her PhD dissertation Dancing Age(ing) was published 2017 by transcript. In her current postdoctoral research at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne she focusses on the collaborative aspects of improvisation. www.susannemartin.de
Paula Kramer & Emma Meehan About AdequacyMaking Body-based Artistic Research Public
Artistic research requires the ability to continuously tune and (re-)calibrate how to share work with people outside of the process, while still maintaining an adequate relationship to the project and the context in which it is developed. The doctorate is a good example of this process, as it is a significant multi-year project that requires artistic researchers to interface with a public at various stages. The academic framework places very particular demands on the researcher, to which this text attends whilst also being relevant to and aware of articulations of artistic research practiced elsewhere. A key question is how to respond to any kind of external requirements without losing the thread or the connection to one’s artistic practice. We push against common notions of compromise here and instead encourage artistic researchers to develop and argue for formats that have high resonance and a dense relationship to their research processes. As authors working with(in) movement/dance practices and performance, we attend in particular to processes of publicly sharing body-based artistic research.