Bahamas: Call for Participation Announced

Applications are now open for participation in the Deep Anatomy cluster in the Fluid States globally dispersed conference for Performance Studies International #21/2015. 
This cluster uses the unique geography of Long Island (The Bahamas) and the Vertical Blue freediving championship ('the Wimbledon of Free-diving', NY Times) as a site for provocative intersections between the local community, freedivers, and performance studies academics. The programme and curation of the event examines performance and freediving as integrated processes: where action and intellect combine, and a 'deep anatomy' occurs. This key theme applies Richard Sennet’s discussions on craft to the work of the athlete and the artist, where a physical act or process is invested with deep ethical values through material consciousness and care-full action.
Applications are welcomed that respond to the concepts and structure of the event: a format that reconsiders academic modes of presentation in order to embrace the specifics of place, cultures, and disciplines involved. In this way the ‘Incursion’ is proposed as a model of interaction and presentation for all proposals, defined as “a research process located within the given terrain that resists touristic/aesthetic preoccupations to dialogue with the space and its cultures through conversation, action, inter-action, presentation, construction, demonstration, exploration, and performance”. Proposals can engage with the local community, the ecology and landscape of the island, or the freediving sport. In the final 'Deep Anatomy Symposium' dialogues and findings from the various incursions will be shared amongst all participants. A peer-reviewed publication of the Performance Research journal (provisionally titled 'On Sea, At Sea', Issue 21.2) will aim to publish some of these dialogues, processes, and outcomes developed in Deep Anatomy.
1. Name / proposal title / planned duration of participation / affiliations
2. Proposal 500 words, introducing and describing the contribution you would like to make to the Deep Anatomy project, as described above and on Page 4.
3. Biography 200 words, outlining relevant research interests and outputs. 
4. 4 images at 1MB maximum each, for the proposed work, previous works/projects, and/or relevant precedents and reference material.
5. Multimedia (optional) links to Youtube, Vimeo, or WeTransfer files.
When: applications close 31 October 2014
Notification of selection will be sent out by: 14 November 2014
Registration will open from February 2015 on
The first 11 days of Deep Anatomy coincides with the three ‘acts’ of the Vertical Blue 2015 freediving championship. Delegates are welcome to arrive at any time during this period, which then leads on a two-day symposium after the competition has resolved.
April 26 Day 0 Athlete registration and Welcome to all delegates
April 27-29 Days1-3 Vertical Blue Act 1 
April 30 Day 4 Athlete break, Deep Anatomy incursions
May 1-3 Days 5-7 Vertical Blue Act 2 
May 4 Day 8 Athlete break, Deep Anatomy incursions
May 5-7 Days 9-11 Vertical Blue Act 3 
May 8 Day 12 Break
May 9-10 Days 13-14 Deep Anatomy Symposium
The registration fee is $300
Deep Anatomy also welcomes participation through the following modes: Visiting Correspondents, Visitors, and Travellers. 
The registration fee provides the following benefits: 
(1) access for the duration of the delegate's stay to all Deep Anatomy events, including the prestigious Vertical Blue freediving championship, described as 'The Wimbledon of Freediving' by NYTimes; 
(2) three catered dinners with other delegates and Vertical Blue athletes; 
(3) a conference venue for the final symposium; 
(4) event management and facilitation;
(5) opportunity to contribute to a peer-reviewed Performance Research Issue.
Athletes: All registered Vertical Blue athletes are welcome to make a proposal, contribute to the programme, and participate or observe the process.  
Long Island residents: to encourage local participation, the registration fee is waived for Long Island residents.
To The Bahamas: many major carriers fly to The Bahamas (Nassau International Airport) from across North America and select locations in Europe and the Caribbean.
To Long Island: flights depart twice daily from Nassau and can be searched for at  Make sure that you book flights with Deadman’s Cay Airport as your destination on Long Island.
Pickups and departures: the Deep Anatomy / Vertical Blue Bus will stop by Deadman's Cay Airport in its way to/from Clarence Town.
In order to make use of the Deep Anatomy / Vertical Blue Bus, accommodation solutions are recommended in the following services. Management can also help participants in arranging the sharing of apartments and villas with each other:;;;;
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About Vertical Blue: hosted by World Record holding freediver William Trubridge, the Vertical Blue competition has presided over world records and national records for athletes from all over the world since 2008 in the world's best location for freediving: Dean's Blue Hole.
About Dean's Blue Hole: a naturally occurring limestone 'cenote', that plunges dramatically to a depth of 203m just a step off a beautiful sheltered beach on Long Island's Atlantic coast. It provides the perfect space to watch freediving championships and world record attempts. Spectators can stand on the beach or cliffs, sit in the shallow water, or swim out to the competition perimeter to watch the event. In these islands (Baha-mar: “shallow sea”) of flat unthreatening depths and long sands, the sudden abyss of Dean’s Blue Hole is an invitation to look beneath the surface of things, and dive into places beyond the reach of breath and sunlight. The surrounding landscape and culture of the island is included in the Deep Anatomy event, providing an array of sites for investigation and encounter between athletes, academics, the local community, and the environment.
About Long Island: one of the more remote places in The Bahamas, Long Island is commonly described as the most scenic island in this archipelago. Only a few kilometres wide at any place, this island stretches 100 km long from Cape Santa Maria in the North, to Gordons in the South. 
About Deep Anatomy: is an extended symposium event that runs for 14 days, with individuals welcome to join the process at any time. The first 11 days will use Vertical Blue as an incubating space for the generation of meaningful dialogues and collaborations between three key groups (the local community, athletes, and performance academics). Dialogues and narratives that have developed over this time will then have opportunity to develop further in the ‘Deep Anatomy Symposium' once the competition is finished. Rather than bringing a conference format into this environment, the aim is instead to engage with the ‘genius loci’ of Long Island. Thus, Dean’s Blue Hole and the many spaces of the island will be used as ‘sympotic’ environments, where activities will generate numerous dialogues and discoveries. The programme resists defining these activities as touristic ‘excursions’, and rather will use them to seek out discursive insights and dialogues: thus initiating ‘incursions’ into the various ecologies of the island, and ‘incursions’ into a deep anatomy.
Objectives: By engaging with a so called 'extreme sport’ it will be possible to look at an activity that society marginalises and defines as dangerous with this label. The cluster attempts to discuss a contemporary condition that is preoccupied with physical limitations and mental constructs such as fear and terror, recognizing the pervasive impact this has across society. Freedivers disregard these inhibitors in order to reach great depths, conquering considerable mental and physical boundaries to redefine the limits of human performance. An alliance with this sport helps the performance studies community to critique the limitations that are imposed on our physical and mental lives by the performance cultures that we inhabit.
Director – Sam Trubridge
Director of Suunto Vertical Blue – William Trubridge
Associates – Jen Archer, David Goldthorpe
Sponsors – Suunto, 
Supported by – Massey University
Produced by The PlayGround NZ in association with Vertical Blue 2015

Tags: Environment Ecology and Performance  Identities Bodies Corporealities in Performance   Performance Studies in the Americas   Phenomenology and Performance  Space Place and Performance   

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