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Frontier Fellows Installation Performance: ‘flickering, quivering, pulsing, sharp’

Event Details

When: August 30, 2013, 5:00 PM–8:00 PM

Location: H.F. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St.

Cost: Free

Contact: 608-316-4339, flickeringquiveringsharp@gmail.com

A group of WID’s Frontier Fellows offers a performance installation that researches the neuroscience and interpretation of physical pain.

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The event is sponsored by WID and the Department of Theatre and Drama.

“flickering quivering pulsing sharp” is a live art event designed to bring spectators into relation with the invisible and indeterminate qualities of physical pain. As scientists and scholars share their disciplinary ways of looking at what cannot be seen, spectators make their way through tensions between ways of knowing associated with science and with art.

The live art event is composed of two distinct but overlapping companion pieces. A video work responds to accumulating neuroscientific research that suggests that the meanings we make of pain affect the pain itself. At the same time, a live performance work fleshes out the relationship between pain and representation. Three simultaneous and looping performance lectures respond to assumptions that pain resists representation. Together, the work of Erin Hood, Julian Motzkin, Amy Cannestra and David Ruhl suggests that there’s more than meets the eye.

“flickering quivering pulsing sharp” is a durational event. Over the course of the three-hour show, time itself will affect the physical, cognitive and emotional aspects of the experience, for performers and spectators. Feel free to come and go throughout the event. Make yourself comfortable in our performance environment.

More information can be found on the performance’s website.