Dr Nicolas Salazar Sutil
- Position: Fellow in Digital Performance
- Areas of expertise: Media arts for development; Movement Psychology; Laban movement analysis; New materialism, posthumanism; ethics; ecological thinking; Global South perspectives (Latin America and Africa)
- Email: N.Salazar@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 0619
I am a British and Chilean media arts practitioner and researcher. My work is transdisciplinary, and tends to focus on movement -- as medium, as formal language, as mode of computation, as instrument for social change. Some of the movement-based methods I use are the moving image (video); motion capture and VR.
I trained in Laban-Malgrem Movement Psychology, a technique that combines Jungian psychology and Laban movement analysis. I have applied this as a methodology for research, incoporating movement-based methods and theories to a number of different research projects into mediation, creativity, conflict-resolution, community sensitisation, inclusivity. Research starts for me from a practice-based perspective, especially from a poeisis, that is, a making of knowledge through movement and action.
I also hold a PhD in Philosophy (Cultural Studies), which has reinforced a rigorous critical perspective informing my research. My work inhabits the intersection of new materialism, critical posthumanism, and decolonial studies, especially as I have a deep interest in the agency of technological artefacts and nonhuman entities. My interest in critical posthumanism is informed also by a deep concern for ecological issues, particularly around the issue of rights of nature.
At present, I am conducting research in three interrelated fields. First, I am leading an AHRC funded project entitled "Social Choreography", looking at the ethics of movement-based work carried out within refugee communities at various international locations, with partners in UK, US, Spain and Chad. The work has focused primarily on UNHCR refugee camps in Central Africa, and the development of an ethics of media-for-development inspired by Bantu foundations (Muntu/Ubuntu). I am also working with partners in Chad for the development of new methdologies for creative methods when working in the area of refugee integration and sensitisation. Second, I am working with indigenous communities in Latin America, for instance with the kariri-xoco in Northeastern Brazil, addressing the personification of rivers, and the attribution of legal rights to rivers. I am particularly interested in the case of the river Opara (Brazil), Atrato (Colombia) and Whanganui (New Zealand). Thirdly, I have been working on the issue of invisible disability, and inclusivity through media arts, addressing in particular the issue of pain. I am particularly interested in the way creative media practice, and somatic practices, can be used to develop alternative ways of coping with physical and psychosomatic chronic pain.
I am the author of three books: "Motion and Representation: the Language of Human Movement" (MIT 2015); "Digital Movement" (Palgrave 2015) and "Matter.Transmission: Mediation in a Paleocyber Age" (Bloomsbury 2018). I have also authored a number of essays, journal articles, and online articles.
My practical work as media arts practitioner has been shown internationally in places like the Tate Modern, Museo de Arte Moderna (Salvador), Michael Cacoyannis Foundation (Athens) and Centro GAM (Santiago).
You can learn more about my research activity by following these links:
Personal website: https://www.salazarsutil.net
Social Choreography (AHRC funded): https://www.socialchoreography.co.uk
Arte Electronic Indigena (British Academy funded) http://aei.art.br/residencias/eles-estao-escutando/
Error Network (AHRC funded) https://errornetwork.com/team/#Nic
Danse pour la Vie (Chad): http://www.ndamsena.org/images/Programme_Festival_Danse_et_Refugies.pdf
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>