Focusing on the archives of the Palucca University of Dance and the German Hygiene Museum Dresden and based on the perspectives from the participants’ own practices, this workshop attempts a critical reading of the body in the archive and the body as (counter)archive. How did the specific histories, ideologies and cultures of the GDR manifest in bodies, in their movement and display? How did they dis/continue the prior body regimes of the avant-garde, colonialism and fascism?
We were interested in how specific historical knowledge systems are mediated through culturally specific body techniques and concepts, and lived out, experienced, modified and resisted, as well as archived in bodies – which are always both collective and singular, immersed in but exceeding their culturisation. Excursions to the two archives of dance and science in Dresden were vantage points for exchanging on the different approaches to archival research and ways of relating embodied, textual and visual forms of knowing that the participants brought to the workshop.