Professor Johannes Birringer
Research Lead and Postgraduate Programme Lead, Theatre
Johannes Birringer joined Brunel University London's School of Arts (now College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences) in early 2006. He is director of the DAP-Lab and headed the Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance from 2008 to 2015, curating the annual Research Seminar Series and the Artaud Forum. He is a choreographer and media artist, and artistic director of AlienNation Co., a Houston-based multimedia ensemble that has collaborated on numerous site-specific and cross-cultural performance and installation projects since 1993. After directing international workshops on dance and technology in England, Germany, and the U.S., he was appointed head of the new dance and technology program at The Ohio State University (1999-2003) where he developed the new MFA curriculum in dance technologies and conducted research programs in his "Environments Lab." In 2003 he was appointed Principal Research Fellow in Live Art and Performance at Nottingham Trent University. In late 2005 he convened the Digital Cultures Lab, a cross-cultural dance and technology workshop-festival, and in 2003 he founded the Interaktionslabor Goettelborn in a former Coal Mine in the Saarland, Germany. The Interaktionslabor is an annual international workshop dedicated to research, performance and software application development in interactive and networked media technologies. A "Manifesto of Interactional Art" was published by Birringer in 2014 to reflect on ten years of laboratory experiments.
His exhibition-performances and digital films have been staged in Europe, the U.S., Latin America, China and Japan. He has received numerous arts grants, awards, and fellowships for his work including a NEA/Rockefeller artists project grant in 1993; in 2013-17 he participates in the European Metabody research project funded by a grant from the EU. More recently, his directing projects included the multi-media play Sueno, the interactive dance work Suna no Onna (London 2007-08), the digital oratorio Corpo, Carne e Espirito (Brasil 2008), and UKIYO [Moveable Worlds] (2009-2010), a choreographic installation created with artists from DAP-Lab and Tokyo/Japan.
His most recent production, the dance opera for the time being (Victory over the Sun) premiered at Sadlers Wells in 2014. Designs from the opera were featured in BBC World Service's edition of the program. Metakimosphere no. 2 </a>, an immersive installation, premiered at METATOPE, MediaLab Prado, Madrid, Spain in 2015.
Birringer received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Trier University (Germany) after graduate research fellowships at Cambridge and Yale Universities. He has taught performance studies at Yale University, UT-Dallas, Rice University, Northwestern University, and at the Giessen Institute of Applied Theatre Science.
Newest selected publications
Birringer, J. (2012) 'Bodies of colour/Media skins', in Chatzichristodoulou, M. and Zerihan, R. (eds.) Intimacy: Across visceral and digital performance. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. , Forthcoming. pp. 143 - 158. ISBN 10: 0230348866. ISBN 13: 978-0230348868.
Birringer, J. (2011) 'Move: Choreographing You'. PAJ: a journal of performance and art. pp. 44 - 52. ISSN: 1537-9477
Birringer, J. (2011) 'Dance with Camera'. PAJ: a journal of performance and art. pp. 44 - 52. ISSN: 1537-9477
Birringer, J. (2011) 'After dance: Dissolutions and re-tracings'. corpus. Magazin für Tanz, Choreografie, Performance..
Birringer, J. and Fenger, J. (2011) 'Tanz und wahnsinn / Dance and choreomania'. Berlin: Henschel Verlag. ISSN 10: 3894877103 ISSN 13: 978-3894877101