Keynote Speaker for Light Moves Screendance Symposium 2016 announced

Light Moves Festival of Screendance is delighted to announce that the Keynote Speaker for Light Moves Screendance Symposium 2016 will be Dr Laura U Marks, from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. 

Dr Laura U Marks

Dr Laura U Marks

Dr Marks is a scholar, theorist and curator of independent and experimental media arts.  She works on the media arts of the Arab and Muslim world, intercultural perspectives on new media art, and philosophical approaches to materiality and information culture.  Dr Marks is the author of The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses (2000), Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media (2002), Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (2010), and many essays.  She has curated programmes of experimental media for festivals and art spaces worldwide.

Light Moves Screendance Symposium sits within Light Moves Festival of Screendance and aims to encourage artistic and scholarly exchange, debate and discussion in screendance and related disciplines including performance, dance, film, visual arts, sound and text.

The theme for the 2016 symposium is Identity in Focus - Body, Site and Frame.  It invites considerations on the nature of identity in the fields of screendance, film, dance and media and their relationship to wider fields of study in the context of this theme.

Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, which produces Light Moves, said "Light Moves Screendance Symposium is a wonderful opportunity for screendance practitioners to investigate this exciting artform at a deep level and to share ideas and reflections with their peers from all over the world.  For the last two years, we have been really impressed with the high standard of presentation from around the globe and two excellent keynote addresses from Douglas Rosenberg (US) in 2014 and Claudia Kappenberg (UK) in 2015.  We're very much looking forward this year’s keynote address by Dr Laura U Marks (Canada) and to the responses to this year's open call on the theme Identity in Focus - Body, Site and Frame".

Light Moves is Ireland’s international festival dedicated to the art of dance on film and video art with movement as a central theme, and is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of dance film / screendance in Ireland and internationally.  The festival combines screenings, invited works, open submissions and - through a screendance lab and symposium - explorations of screendance with some of the most respected figures in the field.  Light Moves is curated by Jürgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley and produced by Dance Limerick.  The festival is supported by the Arts Council and Limerick City and County Council.