Cosmic Drift: braiding Nicolás Núñez's contemplative tools with the Situationists' dérive

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This practice-as-research investigation springs from the author's ongoing work of re-orientating their existing critical walking practices - which owe theoretical and methodological inheritance to the Situationist dérive - in a North American context.  The following account explores engagements with two examples of 'braided' practice (Jimmy & Andreotti, 2019): first, a self-directed program of Nicolás Núñez's Anthropocosmic Theatre 'tools' - specifically contemplative running and slow walking - testing their effects outside of a studio space. Secondly, I describe a further braiding of Núñez's participatory tools with a site-responsive dérive-inspired practice. This attempt at hybridisation reveals an opportunity for the potential development and application of an enhanced critical-contemplative walking practice as a focused creative research methodology.

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Nicolás Núñez, Embodiment, Social Space, Settler Methodologies, Dérive, Contemplative Running, Slow walking, Anthropocosmic

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Donnelly, S., (2024) “Cosmic Drift: braiding Nicolás Núñez's contemplative tools with the Situationists' dérive”, Performance and Mindfulness 6(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.5920/pam.1200

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Steve Donnelly (University of Guelph)

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