Dr Nicolas Salazar Sutil

Dr Nicolas Salazar Sutil


I am a British and Chilean creative 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. 

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 Cultural Studies, which reinforces the critical perspectives undepining my research. My work inhabits the intersection of biocentricism, disruption theory, and decolonial studies. 

At present, I am conducting research in three interrelated fields. First, I am leading an AHRC funded project entitled "Survivor Group", looking at the way in which storytelling can help combat stigma and isolation among women victims of Boko Haram in Nigeria. This work builds on five years of research in Central Africa, working with ex-combatants, refugees and women groups through creative pracrice (theatre, dance, storytlelling). I am also 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 Nature. I am especially interested in indigenous ways of knowing, and crossovers with land justice, rights of nature and biocentric approaches to cultural policy.

I am passionate about rivers, forest caves and other immersives spaces of biocultural value. My work seeks to draw on non-Western ways of knowing (memory, dream, imagination) to establish an ethics and set of values for a spirited and spiritual engagement with the nonhuman world found in nature.

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).

Research interests

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





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Current postgraduate researchers

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