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Returning to the Trees—the Technological Burnout Crisis (Schizzing the Opera Practice and Narrative)

Date & time
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

This event is free




Sheena Bernett


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


Returning to the Trees—the Technological Burnout Crisis (Schizzing the Opera Practice and Narrative) is the 19th proposition/piece in the Ph.D. thesis: Composing with the Event—Techniques that Move Toward Neurodiverse Perception/Sensation.

The proposition/piece is also part of the SSHRC funded research project RISE (Reflective Iterative Scenario Enactments) led by Dr. Eldad Tsabary.

RISE’s theme of the year, “Technological Crises”, sparked a desire to schizz the field; to explore how to find activation when starting from a neurotypical figure such as “theme”, “topic” and/or “narrative”. Furthermore, a reimagining of the opera medium was called for. This appetite for practicing the schizz, the desiring-machine, took hold of these (pre-)figures and, through play (pushing, pulling, dismantling, deconstructing), lured them into a field of activity, transforming them from static to operational. By refraining from the neurotypical tendency to parse and harden experience (to categorize and to represent), the field of relation can then be felt.

The schizosomatic proposition’s offer was to be composed by the event; to let be felt the event orienting itself towards a collective attunement and emergent ecology, creating the conditions for trans-sensory (and nonsensuous) qualities to co-compose constellations.

Carrying germs of experience across event-times, this panopticon of technological form-taking demonstrates how the proposition folded onto itself; the suggestion of a moving away from technology activated those very qualities in the eventing. The vitality affect running through the material is felt in how the qualities co-compose across the 9 video angles impressionistically—form and subject blurring, releasing the qualities of forming felt.

How can you participate? Attend the screening in person (there is a max capacity of 20 people in the space) or watch online by registering for the Zoom meeting or watching live on our YouTube channel.

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