Notes on the Floor


28 June 17, 6–8 pm

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Emmie McLuskey in Dialogue with Janice Parker



During the month of June, Emmie McLuskey is artist-in-residence at KW Institute for Contemporary Art as part of the program Prospectus: A Year with Will Holder.


While at KW, Emmie McLuskey will consider printed matter relating to the dance practice of Janice Parker. Parker and McLuskey have been collaborating on the piece ‘1973’, a performative installation detailing Parker’s personal collection of 45 years charting her practice through time, and social history.


Parker and McLuskey ask: how can the moving body be represented in printed form? How has historic dance ephemera (including notation, scores, and documentation) informed the field of choreography? How should a book be oriented? How is research accessed; and how could a future publication hold and contribute to the passing on of bodily knowledge?


Over the course of the evening event, the pair welcomes viewers to join them in an open dialogue both spoken and performed around their research. The second half of this session will be movement-based. The session is suitable for all ages and abilities. 


Janice Parker is artistic director of Janice Parker Projects based in Edinburgh. She creates performance devises, and facilitates movement-based projects, is active in dance development, regularly teaches, collaborates with people of all ages and abilities, mentors professional dance artists and organizations, occasionally writes about dance, and performs. Her choreography might easily involve a hundred or more performers in large scale works, or be an intimate solo portrait involving a single performer. Much of her current work is in collaboration with disabled artists. Her practice is both collaborative and responsive to people, place, and context.


Emmie McLuskey is an artist based in Glasgow. She works with other artists to produce collaborative work. This has previously taken the form of publications, events, objects, conversations, and exhibitions. Her concerns lie with people, their contexts and the negotiation of our shifting identities in relation to our social, historical, and political situations. In 2016 she co-founded uh books with British typographer Will Holder.