Uhambo Luyazilawula (Embodied Wandering Practices)

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Artistic Research Working Group of Performance Studies international (PSi)
PSi 28: Uhambo Luyazilawula (Embodied Wandering Practices)

Online Exchange: 30 June / 30 July / 30 August
In-Person: 2-5 August

The Artistic Research Working Group (ARWG) of Performance Studies international (PSi) invites proposals to its 2023 gatherings. Following the ARWG’s established “PERFORM/RESPOND/EXTEND” framework, three interconnected online gatherings will be held, one month apart, between 30 June and 30 August, 2023

The ARWG in-person gathering will be held onsite in conjunction with PSi 28 in Johannesburg, South Africa, 2 – 5 August 2023.

The PSi 28 theme — Uhambo Luyazilawula (Embodied Wandering Practices) — is particularly well-suited to the ARWG’s preoccupations. The conference Call for Proposals (https://www.psi-web.org/2022/11/28/call-for-proposals-psi28-johannesburg-2023/) explicitly emphasizes “performative ‘wanderings’: creative journeys and intersections between past, present, and future, digital and in-person” and “alternative epistemologies: explorations of undiscovered performances, pedagogies and practices.” In this, it clearly shares the ARWG’s priorities of “mobility, wandering, and fluidity” in terms of subject matter and process design.

Online Gatherings:

March 30 / deadline for proposals

April 30 / acceptances announced and ‘perform/respond/extend’ partnerships established 

June 30 / online gathering #1: participants make initial presentations/performances

July 30 / online gathering #2: participants offer a performative response to designated presentations/performances

August 30 / online gathering #3: participants offer a performative ‘extension’ of designated presentations and responses

Onsite Gathering:

As noted, above, the ARWG in-person gathering will emphasize artistic research exchange with South African artists and artist-researchers new to the ARWG. It will be held onsite in conjunction with PSi 28 in Johannesburg, South Africa, 2 – 5 August 2023.


  • a detailed description of the ‘perform/respond/extend’ framework will be provided to all accepted participants
  • participants are strongly encouraged to contribute to all three online stages of the perform/respond/extend framework
  • all presentations and responses are limited to a maximum of 10 minutes in length
  • participation at the onsite gathering in Johannesburg during PSi 28 is welcomed but not a requirementmore information about the in-person gathering will be shared as details are confirmed

Please send proposals for the online sessions no later than 30 March 2023 to [email protected]. All proposals should adhere to the following guidelines: 

  • 250 – 300 word description of artistic research project, question or area of focus, including relationship to conference theme
  • include name, affiliation (if any), and preferred email address
  • Indication of commitment to all three online events (June 30, July 30 & August 30)
  • Indication of interest in attending the ARWG session in Johannesburg

Questions can also be sent to [email protected]

Annette Arlander / Bruce Barton / Johanna Householder
Convenors, Artistic Research Working Group
Performance Studies international (PSi)

Andrew Stuck

Founder Online Jury 2022 Online Jury 2023

Andrew is the founder of the Museum of Walking, created to bring people together and to make and showcase walking pieces and performances. Andrew also is a podcaster, interviewing creative people who use walking as a catalyst for their practice. Talking Wa...

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