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Kehrä/ Kehrae: entwining possible worlds
Stockholms konstnärliga högskola, Institutionen för cirkus.
2022 (engelsk)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master of Fine Arts (Two Years)), 20 poäng / 30 hpOppgave [Kunstnerisk arbeiden]
Abstract [en]

The artistic research, Kehrä/ Kehrae is done together with Myrsky Rönkä, with significant ropes, places and spaces, creatures and histories. This paper is subtitled entwining possible worlds. It implies alternative possibilities for prevailing modern western ways to live and die and circus.

There are three big questions in the air: What is the meaning of circus? What does it mean to be alive? And how could circus care (the existence of life within the earth)?

The starting point was a concern about the troubling state of life and the world how it is today and how the modern western circus felt paradoxical and incapable of responding to the current times in sustainable ways. The initial question was, how to combine circus and other aspects of life into one sustainable, or regenerative and renewable practice. In order to seek other, latent realities this research goes beyond modern western circus history, beyond modern western worldview, and beyond “ordinary” circus practice. 

The guiding idea is: life is circus, circus is life. Therefore the practice in this research is a collection of “whatever we were doing”. To mention some with great importance: whirling, meditation, becoming-with rope, making and mapping space with ropes and strings, dwelling with nature, and sauna. The other idea is to go through liminality and evoke communitas, with circus practice, bodies, ropes, and others.  This means abandoning accustomed ways to train and think about circus and life. Because of its nature, this work is also opening up what could spiritual (circus) practice mean as an alternative to a mechanistic way of thinking and making.

The ontology of this research is animistic and relational, which suggests care, respect, reciprocity, and response-ability in all of our relations and takes into account the circulative nature of time and life. Animistic ontology takes materiality and skill towards the idea of becoming-with, when becoming into who and what happens in relational material-semiotic worlding.

During the process, some specific features, or dwelling places for circus, emerged. Those are circus and play, circus and liminality, circus and shamanism, circus and others. In these dwelling places lies the deep powers of circus to be inversive and subversive, simultaneously transformative and sustaining: the mythical power of circus.

Through the final artistic outcome Kehrä/ Kehrae, this paper is entwining the strings of the research together as a temporary gathering to be unraveled and intertwined into one again. 

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
2022. , s. 74
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circus, rope, aerials, animism, ritual, myth, liminality, communitas, sustainability, regeneration, spirituality, care, becoming-with
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uniarts:diva-1203OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uniarts-1203DiVA, id: diva2:1661353
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Circus
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2022-05-17, zoom, Stockholm, 12:00 (engelsk)
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Tilgjengelig fra: 2022-05-30 Laget: 2022-05-27 Sist oppdatert: 2022-05-30bibliografisk kontrollert

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