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git Jan 14, 2020 blog Git is what is known as a Version Control System primarily used by software developers to collaborate, to track the progress of their work, and to move slow Jan 12, 2020 blog Move slow and take care of things consent is only meaningful if it’s informed Jan 12, 2020 blog The whole thing about whistle blowing [is that] it’s not about me. It’s about us and always is. In a democracy Government derives its legitimacy just like you Jan 12, 2020 blog Walk gently on this earth with purposeful steps You share this space with seven billion human beings And countless other precious life forms Just the ordinary people Jan 7, 2020 blog You can cheer the end of Sulaimani and still be anti-war. You can condemn the way Sulaimani was executed but still be relieved that he is no longer terrible sex Jan 6, 2020 blog It’s hard not to love Nina Power’s attempt to write a theory of dance: Dancers intimidate normal, unhealthy people. Their superior physique and the long arc Jan 5, 2020 blog I don’t seem to be posting a lot about dance and art at the moment but I couldn’t help but post this clear and succinct summary of the terrible end of a dancer Jan 3, 2020 blog Where dancers go to die (or open a pilates studio). stuck on a sentence Dec 31, 2019 blog In August 2018, The New York Times published a history of the critical decade — 1979-1989 — in relation to the worth of an idea Dec 29, 2019 blog All of our days are numbered. We cannot afford to be idle. To act on a bad idea is better than to not act at all. Because the worth of the idea on silence and speaking Dec 22, 2019 blog Not speaking and speaking are both human ways of being in the world, and there are kinds and grades of each. There is the dumb silence of slumber challenge our ways Dec 8, 2019 blog I always thought if we expect our students to challenge things, we as tutors should also challenge our ways of teaching. – Klaus Hoek This is some dancing Dec 2, 2019 blog Some dancing I was doing back in 2017 as part of daily practice to do with thinking about and sensing time. strong opinions Dec 2, 2019 blog Here’s technology forecaster Paul Saffo from 2008: Since the mid-1980s, my mantra for this process [forecasting] is “strong opinions, weakly held.” every young person Dec 1, 2019 blog I think every young person who regularly uses a computer should learn the following: how to choose a domain name how to buy a domain how to education as a privately consumed good Dec 1, 2019 blog What I can say is common between the founding intellectual ideas and the roll out [of neoliberalism] is that the idea that only two things ought to not about intellectual humiliation Nov 26, 2019 blog The texts I gave students were challenging, but never meant to subjugate, or, as Walter Benjamin when speaking about education more aptly phrased, new eyes Nov 25, 2019 blog I saw this the other day: It translates to something like: “A true voyage of discovery is not to search for new land, but to have new eyes.” In a different kind of biography Nov 15, 2019 blog I was really struck by Tamson Pietsch’s blog post on rethinking and rewriting an academic biography.1 Tamson writes, “my academic bio says very i could have Nov 10, 2019 blog Repost from Sarah Elgart over at Cultural Weekly. Director Anna Galinova’s “i could have” It’s a simple film — like an arthouse sally potter and the best time to start is now Oct 14, 2019 blog The best time to start is now (don’t wait) Take responsibility for everything (it saves time) Don’t blame anyone or anything (including the dead Sep 1, 2019 blog What would the dead want from us Watching from their cave? Would they have us forever howling? Would they have us rave Or disfigure ourselves, or be reliable source Aug 18, 2019 blog From wired.co.uk/article/wikipedia-fake-news-disinformation: while other platforms are mired in debate over the borders between free speech, civic responsibility Aug 17, 2019 blog From Roger McNamee’s book Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe: The internet platforms have harvested fifty years of trust and goodwill anne boyer’s rules for teachers Aug 17, 2019 blog Yesterday the artist/choreographer Paul Hughes sent me a link to this list of rules for teachers written by the American poet Anne Boyer. They are curing affluenza Aug 4, 2019 blog Richard Denniss is an Australian economist and his book “Curing affluenza: how to buy less stuff and save the world” is well researched, clear and data Jul 22, 2019 blog I happened across this image the other day at changeabilitysolutions.com: Given just how overwhelming it is to understand how data is changing and shona Jul 11, 2019 blog On 18 June this year the remarkable dancer, teacher and choreographer Shona Dunlop MacTavish died in her hometown of Dunedin in New Zealand. She was history Jun 9, 2019 blog History as “… a thin thread stretching over an ocean of the forgotten.” – Milan Kundera, The Joke (cited in Waltzing in the Dark by Brenda Dixon the dirt May 27, 2019 blog Look for the dirt behind the shine. – Naomi Klein’s grandfather (in the acknowledgements to No Logo) overton window May 12, 2019 blog I was reading something recently (but can’t for the life of me track down the original source) about politics and policy and read of The Overton maximum irony and losing your data Apr 28, 2019 blog As Jamie Zawinski has remarked, when it comes to losing your data “The universe tends toward maximum irony. Don’t push it.” – Kieran Healy, The documenting the document Aug 3, 2016 blog Previously I’ve posted links to Windows and MacOS copies of my practice-as-research PhD project Indelible (2005). For people using Intel versions of indelible update Aug 18, 2013 blog In 2005 I finished a practice-as-research PhD called Indelible. It’s about improvisation, archives, memory and liveness in dance and performance and cheap joke Aug 10, 2013 blog Last month I went and saw/listened to Nils Frahm at St John’s at Hackney Church in London. I like his music a lot — particularly the album Felt — resonating wildly Jul 22, 2013 blog I pledge to focus the majority of my energies on finding and supporting contemporary cultural activity, whatever form that may take, that resonates blind spots Jul 15, 2013 blog … when you’re researching in media res, the new ideas or details or stories that you stumble across are much more useful to you, because you can promoting ideas Jul 5, 2013 blog I’m reading A Year with Swollen Appendices: Brian Eno’s Diary1 and it’s full of delicate treasures and everyday written doodles. It’s also creating working at speed Jun 27, 2013 blog Below is a quote from musician Thom Yorke in an interview he did with NPR’s Bob Boilen in February 2008. It comes in at 9:40min into the interview. heart spaces Jun 18, 2013 blog In March this year, I was in Chicago and happened to be part of a group that performed in the very last performance of the original (since 1978) stories already there Jun 10, 2013 blog I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. – Michelangelo (apparently) There is an episode of Radiolab from 2 April 2013 paxton May 27, 2013 blog In mid-January 2012 I went and listened to Steve Paxton at Goldsmith’s University in London. The evening was, in many respects, a moving tribute to preparing for ghosts — the many melodies May 20, 2013 blog This is a reblog from @preparingforghost’s instagram feed. I like how they speak to so many different attitudes or approaches to teaching, michael vs ken May 11, 2013 blog On Thursday 9 May 2013, the UK’s Education Secretary Michael Gove gave an impassioned speech about his concerns about — and plans for — the UK’s writing workflow May 6, 2013 blog I write a lot and for many different purposes: research reports and presentations, blog posts, grant applications, academic articles, responses to excitement of the new Apr 28, 2013 blog In March 2012 I presented my adaptation of Deborah Hay’s I Think Not at Napier St in Melbourne. It was an invited audience, for the most part bubble Apr 22, 2013 blog Sarah Crompton has written an opinion piece in The Telegraph about The Place Prize. She suggests that dance can’t “gain a foothold in the wider 100 day project Apr 16, 2013 blog Back in January I watched this TEDx talk by Emma Rogan about 100-day projects (such a pleasure to hear her kiwi accent) based on the teaching work Do I contradict myself? Apr 9, 2013 blog Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes. – Walt Whitman, [Song of Myself]1 A professor of change Apr 5, 2013 blog Melbourne-based choreographer-director Bagryana Popova and I joke that we only ever make one work (for the record, mine is about death and memory, zebra Apr 28, 2010 blog I never wonder about the audience. It could be a zebra out there for all I care. – Lou Reed, Word Magazine, April 2010, p.11 Monks Aid Rescue Effort in Kyegundo Apr 21, 2010 blog SFTHQ on Flickr. Some rights reserved. First viewed at guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2010/apr/21/newsbucket Jónsi and Artaud Apr 21, 2010 blog I will try to elaborate on what I mean in a subsequent post; let me just say that the Jónsi set seemed to realize Antonin Artaud’s theater of not much to do with art, but fun anyway Apr 20, 2010 blog thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/iCade.shtml moooooooo Apr 20, 2010 blog thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/screaming-knife.shtml naked Apr 20, 2010 blog Naked – Pablo Neruda Naked, you are simple as one of your hands, Smooth, earthy, small, transparent, round: You have moon lines, apple paths: Naked, on learning Apr 5, 2010 blog The best thing for being sad is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies. You some more on working with Bagryana Popov Apr 4, 2010 blog I’ve just finished working in the studio with Bagryana Popov. She and I have been working together on a solo work since October 2007 when we started Bagryana adapting Mar 19, 2010 blog I started back in the studio this week on two distinct projects. The first is a solo work directed by Bagryana Popov and the second is a project no paper? Mar 19, 2010 blog From the main stage of Transmediale, Berlin’s annual international festival for art and digital culture, one of the keynote speakers, information Charlie Gillett Mar 18, 2010 blog Saturday afternoons are just not going to be the same … www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2010/mar/17/charlie-gillett-obituary David Byrne on collaboration Mar 16, 2010 blog journal.davidbyrne.com/2010/03/031510-collaborations.html dog ramp Mar 9, 2010 blog I’d like one of these, and then I could get a dog. reblogging Guy Watson about meat (not a polemic) Feb 10, 2010 blog I’ve been laughably absent from this blog, which is not to say that I don’t have a stack of things I plan to write about (mostly dance protecting borders at Christmas time Dec 14, 2009 blog *stunned silence Moves2010 “Framing Motion” Dec 2, 2009 blog movementonscreen.org.uk/ Deadline 13 December 2009. hitherto Nov 25, 2009 blog Here’s F.M. Alexander on welcoming the unknown: … that the attempt to bring about change involving growth, development and progressive improvement double-take Nov 20, 2009 blog … will have guests doing a double-take as they admire your creative home or garden style! improve your hearing and enhance your image! Nov 9, 2009 blog unlike like other marshmallow blasters! Nov 9, 2009 blog Every household needs one. A Dead Statesman (1924) Nov 8, 2009 blog I could not dig, I dared not rob, And so I lied to please the mob. Now all my lies are proved untrue, And I must face the men I slew. What tale will yoga for cyclists Nov 5, 2009 blog Subject: yoga for cyclists starting this thursday 5th November Greetings cyclists, yoga enthusiasts and friends, Hope this finds you all generally obstacle course for the mind Nov 4, 2009 blog Yes — there are plenty more where this came from. self cleaning Nov 2, 2009 blog This is the first in series of scans from a single magazine, read in route from New York to New Haven in early October. It was entertaining and capitalism is an impeccably inclusive creed Oct 22, 2009 blog In principle, however, capitalism is an impeccably inclusive creed: it really doesn’t care who it exploits. It is admirably egalitarian in its Yvonne Rainer Oct 1, 2009 blog Beyond the resonance of the title, however, the 21st century dance footage (itself containing 40-year-old instances of my 20th century Bacon’s dog Sep 29, 2009 blog Study of a Dog, 1952 Francis Bacon From tate.org.uk/art/artworks/bacon-dog-n06131 the body and walking Sep 27, 2009 blog From Rebecca Solnit’s “Wanderlust: A History of Walking” (p.27) The phenomenologist Edmund Husserl described walking as the experience by which we failure Sep 17, 2009 blog On Saturday 12 September Colin Poole and I performed a version of our duet “Colin, Simon & I” at The Place in London as part of the Touchwood influence Sep 15, 2009 blog Last Friday I went and saw Duncan Jones’ film Moon at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square. The film was Just out of Furness, Scotland (August 2009) Sep 13, 2009 blog embodiment Aug 29, 2009 blog I think about embodiment a lot. Last Saturday I saw a performance at the Royal Court in Sloane Square … Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem is played in methods for testing grace #2 Aug 25, 2009 blog Shopping at Tesco on Christmas Eve. methods for testing grace #1 Aug 24, 2009 blog Cycling in London. fleeting Aug 24, 2009 blog I’ve been reading Darwin’s Origin of Species recently, mostly because of having a number of conversations with people about the ethics of medical Marina Abramović presents … Jul 28, 2009 blog Manchester International Festival Whitworth Art Gallery 3 — 19 July 2009 Marina Abramović, Nikhil Rose Hacker Jul 27, 2009 blog In the BBC documentary, The Time of Their Lives, 102 year-old Rose Hacker says (initially talking about the Iraq war): … I mean the awful thing is General Patton Jul 26, 2009 blog I am not sure about why I am posting this. There is something about the texture of the leather and the look on his face. It’s grim, dour, tough and Recovery Jul 8, 2009 blog Image of Nat Cursio from initial development of “Recovery” (involving Shannon Bott and Nat). Image by Dianne Reid I think. first attention Jun 27, 2009 blog A bit more about Feldenkrais. Last Tuesday I was in another Awareness Through Movement class with Rainer Knupp in East London. We started sitting realness Jun 9, 2009 blog This is from Eammon Forde’s article in the July issue of Word magazine. He is talking about the black hole created by U2 when they “sucked the life staying attentive Jun 7, 2009 blog Here is Roger Federer, at the post-match press conference, following his remarkable victory at Roland Garros: But it was very hard mentally for me feldenkrais Jun 5, 2009 blog On Monday I went to a group Feldenkrais session run by Rainer Knupp in East London. It has been some time since I did any Feldenkrais (the last was 505 May 21, 2009 blog There have now been more than 500 views of this entire blog. Eat your heart out Ms Huffington. reblog: pretentiousness May 21, 2009 blog Here’s Jana Perkovic — the guerrilla semiotician – discussing pretentiousness: guerrillasemiotics.com/2009/05/pretentiousness/ I reblog: when everyone is a curator May 18, 2009 blog The term ‘curating’ has definitely been picked up to describe almost anyactivity that involves choosing one thing over another. – Michelle steve’s palate May 17, 2009 blog I’m a dancer. That means that when it comes to performance it’s my senses and the way I’ve trained my senses, I guess the fact that they can be madness May 5, 2009 blog Why must everything be explained, or be possible to translate, why pick it all to bits – as though it were only a camouflage for something else? dancing lines May 5, 2009 blog from Anamnesis shoot Dancehouse, Melbourne December 2008 Images by Cobie Orger One because the lines interest me, the other because it is a bit Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time May 2, 2009 blog Turbine Hall is vast, almost as high as it is long. From the cafè we are guided down the long ramp, given cushions, and enter the Hall. The audience Forsythe Company’s ‘Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time’ Apr 30, 2009 blog From performance this evening at Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London. Images taken with my phone, hence their average-ness. Am thinking of writing a lie Apr 30, 2009 blog I can smell out a lie, the kind that underwrites a life, even if it has been camouflaged in a work of art. It is something you can feel when all time Apr 29, 2009 blog To live is so startling; it leaves little time for anything else. – Emily Dickinson mind brain Apr 28, 2009 blog Let me think in my little mind brain – Bonnie Prince Billy, Guest DJ on NPR at npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102242295 two types of blogs Apr 27, 2009 blog lucazoid.com/bilateral/two-types-of-blogs/ happy Apr 21, 2009 blog The lack of basic resources – material resources – contributes to unhappiness, but the increase in material resources do not increase happiness. distracted by traffic Apr 6, 2009 blog In the middle of photographing a sign in Barbican yesterday, I was distracted by traffic. The camera swung downwards, and this image is the result. critical running Apr 5, 2009 blog emergencyrooms.org/criticalrun.html we Apr 2, 2009 blog … we live and move and have our being … – Paul, Acts 17:28 audience Mar 22, 2009 blog I go out and I play to many audiences at night. There is the audience that comes because they want to hear their favourite songs, there is an irony capital Mar 22, 2009 blog … Britain, the irony capital of the world, where sincerity, especially sincerity tinged with spirituality, is seen, at best, as uncool, at worst as marketing Mar 8, 2009 blog Dance Massive is on in Melbourne right now. I’ve been performing Inert with the wonderful Shannon Bott. In Melbourne the big dance company is Chunky on ordinary Mar 8, 2009 blog David Byrne being interviewed by the fantastic Stephen Colbert: Colbert: I have a theory about artists … that they are afraid of being rhythm Feb 16, 2009 blog Rhythm is one of the principal translators between dream and reality. Rhythm might be described as, to the world of sound, what light is to the truth Feb 16, 2009 blog We ourselves will be able to determine what is true and what is not. – Joseph Stalin power Feb 16, 2009 blog … the superb indifference that the powerful have for the weak. – Simone Weil red sun Feb 16, 2009 blog My shadow at 07:30am as the sun — made a deep red by the bush fires — lights the office space. tube de-advertising Feb 16, 2009 blog spacehijackers.org/html/projects/tubeadverts/april.html Hotel on Eastlink, Melbourne Feb 16, 2009 blog The fourth major work is Hotel, a 20m-high scale model of a high-rise hotel that will give motorists the impression they are driving past a movie once Feb 8, 2009 blog We only ever experience anything once. – Shirley McKechnie (chatting today over tea) records Feb 7, 2009 blog Image from front of online version of The Age newspaper in Melbourne yesterday. It’s hard to describe this kind of heat (it’s more than 115ºF). A tinder box Feb 7, 2009 blog Just along the Merri Creek trail, Melbourne waving Feb 7, 2009 blog I was cycling to work on Thursday and was caught on the right hand side of car turning right. At the same time a fire engine was roaring up on my ocean without a shore Feb 4, 2009 blog www.oceanwithoutashore.com/ Incredible. brief Jan 20, 2009 blog The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. – suspension bridge Jan 16, 2009 blog http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap090115.html final cut online collaboration Jan 13, 2009 blog As part of a screendance project Anamnesis that I am developing with Cormac Lally, David Corbet and Bagryana Popov, we have been attempting to work Lapage and the image Jan 3, 2009 blog We’ve always been more associated with image, and our physical work,’ he says of Ex Machina, the company he founded 15 years ago. ’We have always dance out there Jan 3, 2009 blog http://dance-out-there.blogspot.com/ quodlibet Jan 3, 2009 blog http://quodlibet.tumblr.com give me Jan 3, 2009 blog Michael Leunig The Age Melbourne 2 January 2009 Original URL: http://www.theage.com.au/photogallery/2005/10/04/1128191706446.html malaise Dec 30, 2008 blog In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship wildness Dec 29, 2008 blog Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assault of thoughts on the thinking. – J.M. Keynes Pōhutukawa Dec 29, 2008 blog The Pōhutukawa — New Zealand Christmas tree. These photos were taken at Piha, on the West Coast of Auckland the language of groups Dec 25, 2008 blog Street gangs, sports clubs, political parties, families, people who for all kinds of reasons are regularly together, naturally develop a vernacular reading Dec 18, 2008 blog In reality, every reader is, while he is reading, the reader of his own self. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument which he jacaranda Dec 15, 2008 blog Right at the end of the season. think tank Dec 15, 2008 blog Last Thursday (11 Dec 2008), I had the pleasure of attending a ‘think tank’ run by dancer/choreographers Natalie Cursio and Shannon Bott. They are quantity of ideas Nov 8, 2008 blog I’ve been working a lot with director/choreographer Bagryana Popov. In the improvisations that form the central part of our rehearsal work ‘on the melbourne sky Nov 2, 2008 blog