OPEN CALL // The Practice of Practise: Teaching as Artistic Research

performative art, dance and somatics

15 March – 3 December 2023
Deadline: 15 October 2022

Foto: Malcolm Manning

15 March – 3 December 2023
Deadline: 15 October 2022

for participation and residency in the temporary school for
The Practice of Practise: Teaching as Artistic Research.
performative art, dance and somatics

Artistic direction / mentor 2023: Malcolm Manning
Curation: Anita Kaya, Malcolm Manning, Agnes Schneidewind
selected artists/participants 2023: tba
guests/experts 2023: Pia Lindy, María Auxiliadora Gálvez

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In 2023 Im_flieger offers a second edition of > SCHULE@Im_flieger: a hybrid format that combines transgenerational and transdisciplinary knowledge transfer, artistic research, production and discourse. Under the direction and mentoring of Malcolm Manning, the year will be dedicated to the topic “The Practice of Practise: Teaching as Artistic Research“ The concept of this part-time, year-long program is to facilitate a collective learning experience for a small group revolving around sharing movement-, perception- and transmedia practices. Practices are simply things that we do to engage in our artistic work. Teaching is a way of sharing these practices with others so they can do them too.

Malcolm Manning will teach his work “Choreographing Subjectivities” through the lens of developing practices and supports participants to develop and share theirs. Two guest-researchers, the architect and Feldenkrais practioner Auxiliadora Gálvez (ES) and the dancer and choreographer Pia Lindy (FI), will share their specific approaches in weekend workshops. The intention is to: refine existing practices; develop new practices, both individually and collectively; become more skilled at sharing our practices. We will blur the lines between what we traditionally think of as class and performance, searching for new formats to share the results of our artistic research. The participants will document and deepen the developed practices within the residency and share it with a wider public.   

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Who can apply?
Artists, as well as people from other professional fields interested in applying an artistic approach to their work are welcome. Experience of studying dance and/or movement and/or embodiment are assumed. They should be interested in developing their ability to facilitate group experiences, including but not necessarily limited to teaching situations. A heterogeneous group with five participants is aimed for.

Participation required on specified dates in the period March to December 2023 // Working language is English // Participation costs: 450€ (after acceptance) // Participants will receive a fee of 1000€ for the residency and presentations.

Submission documents:
Short description of own practice and issues & letter of motivation (What interests about the subject „The Practice of Practise: Teaching as Artistic Research“? What do I hope to achieve?) in English / max. 2 A4 pages & CV and if available, links/documentation of previous work that is essential in the context in PDF-format and max. 3 MB sent to

Deadline: 15 October 2022
Curation: Malcolm Manning, Agnes Schneidewind, Anita Kaya

PROVISIONAL SCHEDULE March – December 2023 // Temporary School for „The Practice of Practise: Teaching as Artistic Research“

The school year consists of a series of two week-long and seven weekend meetings (6 hours/day, 1 hour break included) together with a series of sixteen bi-monthly Tuesday evening practice meetings. Five of the weekend workshops are also open for additional participants to join. Within the core group participants there will be extra studio-time offered.

15-19th March 2023
Core-group week – Arriving Into The Process // Malcolm Manning
An introduction to the group, sharing of interests and artistic practices.

22-23rd April 2023 
Biotensegrity: Anatomy for the 20th Century (open workshop) // Malcolm Manning
Originating within the medical profession, Biotensegrity offers a simpler, more organic, holistic model of our anatomy that at the same time gives rise to more complex and subtle interactions with ourselves and the world.

20-21st May 2023
Extended Minds (open workshop) // Malcolm Manning
What if we’ve got that mind-body relationship thing the wrong way around? What if it’s not the mind that lives in the body but the body that lives within an extended mind? We’ll explore one possible explanation of this; panpsychism.

10-11th June 2023
Dancing outside the box (open workshop) // Pia Lindy (FI)
What happens to our moving, thinking and choice making when working as artists in different contexts and environments? Exploring, sharing and reflecting on experiences, ideas and questions on process-oriented artistic practices and potentialities of dance, movement and improvisation in everyday life and society.

8-9th July 2023
Core-group weekend (closed group)
Returning to the core group for a longer meeting to give us a chance to reflect on the process so far.

2-3rd September 2023
Radical Calmness Practice (open workshop) // Malcolm Manning
You’ll be guided to experience your expansive perceptual body in a process something like experiential anatomy, but different, and then encouraged to move to find rest and stillness, in a process something like authentic movement, but different.

30th September – 1st October 2023
Sentient Ecologies (open workshop) // Auxiliadora Gálvez (ES)
This workshop will cross somatics with architecture and landscape approaches, but also with the imaginaries able to make revolutions in our daily practices through new awareness and renovated perceptions. Theory and practice will be intertwined with active environments.

28-29th October 2023
Core-group weekend (closed group)
Returning to the core group for a longer meeting to share and reflect on our own practices and the process so far. Planning for the final meeting in December.

29th November – 3rd December 2023
Sharing Our Practices with the public
The conclusion of the project would be a sharing of our practices in whatever setting is most appropriate and sympathetic to our individual and collective work: performative work; taught classes or workshops; lectures; exhibition of artwork; panel discussion.

Malcolm Manning (UK/AT) is a movement researcher, educator, and artist who specialises in teaching somatically oriented dance and movement classes. He is certified as both a Feldenkrais Method® and Body And Earth® practitioner. His current research is into how the images we hold of our anatomy and the relationship of mind and body shape our experience of ourselves and the world we are moving through. This work, “Choreographing Subjectivities”, is in part a response to Rosi Braidotti’s book The Posthuman, in which she argues that to meet the multiple challenges facing us in this historical moment, thinking differently is not enough; we need to experience ourselves and the world differently; we need new subjectivities. He has taught in dance educations throughout Europe including the Finnish and Danish national schools of contemporary dance and the Vaganova Academy; dance festivals such as Impulstanz, TanzBozen and Tanzwerkstatt Europa; dance centres such as TanzQuartier, Independent Dance UK, K3 Hamburg; and was part of developing the Dance And Somatics course at ISLO/FI. He also applies somatic and contemporary dance techniques in other disciplines such as the architecture department of the San Pablo CEU University Madrid, the Somaesthetics Study Group at Helsinki University, and Situation Lab at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki.

María Auxiliadora Gálvez (ES) is PhD in Architecture and Landscaper. She is also teacher of the Feldenkrais Method. Since 2016, she directs the “Platform of Somatics for Architecture and Landscape” (PSAAP) and its associated Laboratory (LSAAP). She is professor at the Institute of Technology of the U.S.P – C.E.U in Madrid, Spain. She has been distinguished in national and international urban and architectural contests, highlighting the VI, VII and IX editions of EUROPAN. Her work has been published an exhibited worldwide featuring her presence in the 8th and 16th Venice Architecture Biennale. She is author of the books “Espacio Somático. Cuerpos Múltiples” (2019) and “Descampados. Caminar los paisajes revolucionarios en la ciudad somática” (2022). As researcher, she has been in between others co-director of “We Are All able Bodies. From Sensory Deprivation to Sensory Augmentation” celebrated in Spain in 2018. As performer she has developed happenings and installations in between others in the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, in the Angewandte in Vienna or in the Art Gallery Nieves Fernández. Nowadays she works in Landscape, Arts and Architecture from an embodied point of view and explores the possibilities of “Somatic Architecture”. She is member of the “International Ambiances Network” (France), part of the research directory of the “Centre for Sensory Studies” (Canada) and participates in the project “Navigating Dizziness Together” based in Vienna.

Pia Lindy (FI) performer/dancer/writer, has produced various solo pieces & projects and worked in collaboration with artists of different fields in Finland and other countries as well being a member of several committees organizing festivals and events. Pia Lindy graduated from Amsterdam’s School for New Dance Development in 1995 and since then has worked on solo/group works and collaborative projects with different artists, professionals and other people both in Finland and abroad. Pia´s working, facilitating and performance practices are based on improvisation, experiential- and process-oriented approaches, and happen in many different environments and contexts. The work draws also from sociological and societal thinking, and from a longtime engagement with somatic movement practices. In the latest projects the focus has been on experiences, the moving dialogues, and the exchange of mixing of skills and knowledges between people of different ages and backgrounds. Pia has worked in the long-lasting collaborations and projects: Joku kohta tanssii – About to Dance 2001-2010, Joku kohta tanssii, välittämisestä -About to Dance, about Care 2011-2016, Vaelluksia Lähiöissä – Tracing Suburbia 2017-2022 among others. A strong emphasis has been on process-centered working and on exploring with possibilities to share work and practices on different stages of the processes. Pia has written articles on dance and movement in the surrounding society and how contemporary dance and movement artists based in Finland are working in different environments and contexts. Pia has been a member of Zodiak the Center for New Dance´s artistic team with the artistic director on the programming performances in 2016-2019 and she has been a founding member of the Sidestep and Lonely in the Rain? festivals and also a member of other artistic boards and committees. Pia has been a visiting teacher in the course on Dance and Somatics at the Easter Finland´s Sports Institute during years 2007-2019, in the Live Art and Performance-programme in Kankaanpää Art School 2014-2021, and on applying dance/ Social Choreography in Uniarts Helsinki, Theatre Academy 2011-2022 among others.