Body of Knowledge

Body of Knowledge

'The body as archivist is one thing. The body as archive is quite another’ Lepecki, A. (2010)

Undertaken by dance artists Sally Doughty, Rachel Krische and Lisa Kendall, Body of Knowledge is a year-long research project that will examine the body as a living archive and how it (the body) might be treated as such through collection, articulation and dissemination, so challenging traditional archival methods reliant upon artefacts and documents.

In partnership with Derby Museums, the first research phase has included residency time at Dance4's International Centre for Choreography, discussions with the museum curators and archivists and presenting initial research as part of the international symposium InDialogue. The artists explore the body as a means of making: past, present and future, drawing from The Silk Mill and its collections of Making and Social History.

What is the Body Of Knoweldge research project? (In 1Minute)



To begin exploring your archive, you must have a collection. How might a performer collect? (In 1Minute)



An average museum makes 3-4% of their collection accessible to view. How much of your archive is accessible?

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Produced by Dance4, the research is supported by Derby Museums Trust, De Montfort University, Leeds Beckett University and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


References: Lepecki, A. (2010) 'The body as archive: Will to re-enact and the afterlives of dances' in Dance Research Journal, 42(2) Winter