Archives art and activism, CHS-UCL symposium, London 3-5 September 2015.

  • Ami Skanberg Dahlstedt (Invited speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


A symposium in collaboration between Critical Heritage Studies at University of Gothenburg and The UCL Department of Information Studies in London.

Suriashi is one of the foundations for how the dancer/actor position him/herself on stage, and in the studio in traditional Japanese theatre and dance. It is a walk that reminds us of its historical background, its mythological origin, and last but not least: its utopian potential. How can a body house knowledge from people who have passed away? I argue that suriashi is an example of a physically repeatable construction, holding transmittable "presence" from the past. In the studio, suriashi operates in an efficacious, orienting and regular manner, but when practiced on the streets in the city, it disturbs both the habitual and the place memory - how and where we are in the world. I call my experiments with this walk Suriashi Clinic. The Suriashi Clinic is a metaphor for how a composed walk can house people inside its physical structure, and how this clinic can move out to the streets in order to comment and affect public and social space. The Suriashi Clinic will offer shelter for its clients to rejects sight as the single magic key, and instead observe and respond in the flesh. For the Archives, Art and Activism symposium I invite the participants to walk in suriashi outside 46 Gordon Square where Virginia Woolf once stayed with her sister Vanessa. This was also a meeting place for the Bloomsbury Group.
Period3 Sept 20155 Sept 2015
Event typeOther


  • Archives, art and activism
  • Suriashi
  • Virginia Woolf