dialogic and interdisciplinary

I have organised a roundtable discussion on the 24th of October 2014, part of the conference Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Across Cultures, University of Cambridge.


The roundtable will address dialogue in different forms, as performative, and in some case pre-linguistic, to inform interdisciplinary approaches, including from artistic, curatorial and education practices and research. Dialogic dynamics, in relation to the term Littoral (from geography, by Kaster, 2004), defining an unstable boundary, and considering micropolitics, in communities and physical locations. The contributors  are:
Circuit Cambridge (, Tahira Fitzwilliam-Hall (Kettles Yard and Wysing Arts Centre). Circuit is a four-year national programme connecting 15-25 year olds to the arts in galleries and museums working in partnership with the youth and cultural sector. Led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, it provides opportunities for young people to steer their own learning and create cultural activity across art disciplines.

¬†Elena Cologni, artist and theoretician, she has a PhD from the University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, received awards for her artistic research from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the Arts Council of England, also winning Escalator live art and Visual Art. Residencies include: Creative Lab at Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow 2006-2008, Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2009, and Faculty of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge (2011-2013).¬† The main outcome of the latter is the umbrella interdisciplinary project ROCKFLUID ( Arts Council of England 2011/13 and 2014/15)¬†

Julian Klein ,  artist, Director of  !KF (Institute for Artistic Research, and  member of the Editorial Board of the Journal for Artistic Research ( ). He teaches directing, performance art and interdisciplinary project development at the University of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt am Main and the University of Arts Berlin. The focus of his research includes neuroaesthetics, artistic experience, emotionology, sonification and human taxomania. Currently he is visiting researcher at Institute for Neuro- and Behavioural Biology of the Free University Berlin (Cluster of Excellence Languages of Emotion)

Anna Santomauro is the Co-Founder and Chief Curator with Viviana Checchia of Vessel  a non-profit arts organization devoted to developing critical discourse around pertinent contemporary social, political, and economic issues. Vessel has developed numerous projects in Turkey, Italy, Greece, USA,UK (In Dialogue, Nottingham is only one of them). VESSEL was the winners of the 2013 ICI and The Dedalus Foundation Research Award for curators, and toured the USA with the aim to investigate different curatorial approaches developed from the exhibition Culture in Action, and to re-contextualize these curatorial practices within the European and Euro-Mediterranean perspective.

 Dialogue as in Littoral Art[1] , a term which indicates art with shifting boundaries of knowledge and contexts the meaning of which derives from the subjects involved (artist, participants, collaborators). Littoral is also a word coming from geography and clearly suggesting an idea of territory and site specificity.
This is funded by  Grant for the Arts, Arts Council of England, University of Cambridge, CIAN network and produced by rockfluid






Commonwealth Intercultural Arts Network



[1] Grant Kester  , Dialogical Aesthetics: A Critical Framework For Littoral Art accessed on 09/09/2013
 also check Grant Kester  2011 The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context, (Duke University Press)


ROCKFLUID is awarded Grants for the Arts, Arts Council of England, within the Escalator Programme. ROCKFLUID is supported by Colchester Arts Centre, Wysing Arts Centre and the University of Cambridge, while opening up to other collaborating institutions.


Studio: Wysing Arts Centre
Fox Road, Bourn, Cambridge, CB23 2TX

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