DAB to host the SEAM Symposium 2009: Spatial Phrases

SEAM 09 Symposium

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During the last twenty years new forms of production as well as representation have dramatically reshaped the process and performance of dance, architecture and film. As well as a shift in their appearance this has radically changed how audiences and inhabitants perceive and engage with the outcomes: the body seen as a dynamic entity, architecture as a spatial opportunity, and cinema as the collapse of body and space. To address the key question of 'how can the convergence in thinking between the disciplines of dance, architecture and film provoke innovative contemporary practice?', UTS is hosting the SEAM Symposium 2009: Spatial Phrases Spatial Phrases emphasizes processes of connection and addition, perforation and permeability, blending and merging. The symposium aims to question existing structures and ways of working in the fields of dance, architecture and film, in order to provoke alternative inventions and thought. "We welcome films, performative presentations and academic papers that explore the implications of this trans-disciplinary approach. There will be an emphasis on the dynamic conjunction of theory and practice through multiple modes of presentations and forums," said Dr Sam Spurr, from the School of Architecture and one of the Symposium organisers. The deadline for submitting conference papers is 27 February 2009. A partnership between the UTS School of Architecture, and the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, Department of Spatial Design, University of Hertfordshire UK and Critical Path, Dance Laboratory, Sydney, Spatial Phrases will be held at UTS on 17 and 18 September. In conjunction with the Symposium, there will also be a three-day Professional Exchange Laboratory on 13 to 15 September and one week interdisciplinary workshop from 7 to 12 September. For more information, contact Sam Spurr or visit

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