Gardening as choreographic dwelling/Sense-based research methods.

9:30, Sunday 9 May 2021 (30 minutes)
Mil Vukovic-Smart, Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, UK

This presentation will focus on my research practice that considers choreography as an autonomous practice, beyond the field of dance, but intimately concerned with embodiment. It explores choreography both as a method and a research outcome. As part of my research, I have been embedded as a garden volunteer in Chiswick House and Gardens, the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement, exploring movements not usually experienced by garden visitors, including hidden labour and different ways of experiencing historic gardens. It is a situated practice based on a ‘mutable notion of site’ (Claire Docherty), context-dependent but not site-specific. I regard my gardening practice as embodied ‘instigation into action-based knowledge’ (William Forsythe) and a form of choreographic dwelling, as ‘the ways in which place becomes action in the physical practices’ (Schiller/Rubidge). Through this approach I test how choreographic thinking could permeate creative practice and generate new knowledge about art research and its subject matter, in this case Chiswick House and Gardens. In the process, documenting that choreographic dwelling on camera emerges as an embodied practice itself.

Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London