August 21, 2016

Olive McKeon:
Group Experience
UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

How do groups move, think, talk, and organize together? Join Olive McKeon for an experiential group encounter that explores social forces and dynamics as they occur in real time.
This is an experiential workshop in group relations: a participatory process that provides an opportunity to study a group's own behavior as it happens in real time. Drawn from the group psychoanalytic practice called the Tavistock method, participants of the workshop will examine group-level forces and dynamics as they occur in the here-and-now.

Risograph flyer designed & printed by David Wilson


Olive Mckeon is a dancer and researcher from Northern California, who writes on the intersections between Marxism, feminism, and dance studies. She holds a doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, completing a dissertation on historical materialist approaches to San Francisco modern dance history. Her article, "The Wallflower Order and Social Reproduction: Gender, Work, and Feminist Dance," is forthcoming in TDR: the Drama Review. Her writing has been published in Contact Quarterly, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Pavilion Magazine: a journal of the Bucharest Biennial, Activate Journal, and Fuse Magazine. Her poetry chapbook, Communism is up there and we are down here but it is happening now was published by Timeless Infinite Light (Oakland). Her poetry has appeared in Black Box: A Record of Catastrophe, Tripwire: a journal of poetics, the Elephants, Armed Cell, and Open House. From 2012-2017, she was a member of a curatorial collective called SALTA that put together a monthly series of experimental dance in Oakland. From 2015-2017, she co-directed the Dance Studies Working Group at UC Berkeley. She has danced with the choreographers Abby Crain, Hana van der Kolk, Sophia Wang, and Jmy James Kidd as well as in her own work.

Photo Credit: Andrea Carazo

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