OverviewThis lecture given by Dr Andrea Mattiello explores the concept of choreutic strategies in the work of artists as diverse as Olafur Eliasson, Anthony Gormley, and Anthony McCall. Choreutic strategies are the specific set of kinaesthetic instructions used to transmit, deliver and execute an art piece with performative, time-based nature. From an etymological point of view, the adjective "choreutic" refers to anything having to do with the “choreutes”, the individual member of the chorus. Choreography originally referred to the practice of writing for these “choreutes.” It was writing in the sense of arranging the actions and sounds of the chorus and of its interactions within a play, the whole body of verbal-writing elements used to address a dance performance.
The work of these artists suggests a creative process focused on the kinaesthetic of the viewer, revealing similarities with the attention devoted by choreographers to the kinaesthetic of dancers.
Image credit: Anthony McCall 'Line Describing a Cone', 1973.