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Title: Physical Research: Professional Dancers Exploring Collective Possibilities in a Solidifying Substrate
Authors: Vogelstein, Lauren
Keywords: Learning and Identity
Issue Date: Jun-2020
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Vogelstein, L. (2020). Physical Research: Professional Dancers Exploring Collective Possibilities in a Solidifying Substrate. In Gresalfi, M. and Horn, I. S. (Eds.), The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 2 (pp. 737-740). Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This paper reports on ethnographic work that explores professional dancers’ practice, “physical research,” as a members’ phenomenon. The practice of physical research enables this company to explore their unknown expressive potential as an ensemble through an iterative process of creating and refining collective, full-body movements. As a case of ensemble learning that foregrounds artistic agency, physical research supports a community of learners (1) to be comfortable and open with “unknowing,” (2) to engage playfully and “absurdly” in their inquiry and (3) to persist collectively in their inquiry over long stretches of time. These three aspects, each difficult to foster and lauded in learning environments, are grounded in the creative and physical nature of physical research. Here and in ongoing work, I argue that this practice can inspire the design of formal and informal learning environments.
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