Vida L Midgelow is Professor in Dance and Choreographic Practices based at Middlesex University where she leads the doctoral provision for the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries. As an artist scholar she works on PaR methodologies, improvisation and articulation processes and has published widely in these areas. Her practice includes somatically informed improvisational works, performative lectures and installation/experiential performance practices/video works. She is editor of the Oxford Handbook of Improvisation in Dance and is principal researcher for the Artistic Doctorates in Europe project www.artisticdoctorates.com (EU funded). Selected public works include: Skript (NottDance Festival), Scratch (In Dialogue, Nottingham Contemporary), Some Fleshy Thinking (OUP), Creative Articulation Process (CAP) (Choreographic Practices) and Practice-as-Research (Bloombury). With Prof Jane Bacon, Midgelow co-edits the hybrid peer reviewed journal, Choreographic Practices and co-directs the Choreographic Lab www.choreographiclab.co.uk and is currently an associate research artist at i4C4/ Dance4.
Jane Bacon & Vida L Midgelow Creative Articulations ProcessEmbodied Awareness and Creative Languaging
A workshop introduction to ‘Creative Articulations Process’, for working with practice research offered to PhD candidates attending the week long teaching intensive, Univeristy of Chichester, June 2019.
Vida L Midgelow Practice EthicsModelling posthuman entanglements and care in artistic doctorates
Drawing together insights from somatic approaches to movement, improvisation, care, and posthumanism this writing proposes ‘Practice Ethics’ that are activated in and by artistic research. Four thematic territories give shape to intersecting and overlapping areas of attention in Practice Ethics, namely: ‘Self-care and Attentiveness’, ‘Other-relatedness and Agency’, ‘Meshwork and Nesting’, ‘Repairs and Eco-ethics’. Through a series of exercises/scores the writing seeks to enable the ‘modelling’ of ethical practices, foregrounding concerns and dilemmas that may arise in embodied research. These ‘modellings’ offer space for undertaking ‘thinking doings’ and might be thought of as training grounds, or as reflective practicums (after Schon), through which it is hoped ethical attentions may be honed as a posthuman matter of care and as a practical, entangled, ongoing activity.
Norah Zuniga Shaw & Vida L Midgelow Posthuman Entanglementspracticing an ethics of care in body based research
This workshop was facilitated as part of the ADiE ‘Researching (in/as) Motion’ research intensive at University of Chichester, June 2018. Following a ‘community building’ warm-up, the session invited participations to engage in a ‘movement storming’ process (see Norah Zungia-Shaw in this collection) as a way to explore ethical concerns. For further explication of the materials shared with participants of the workshop, see the essay and scores by Midgelow in this same collection.