Miguel Gutierrez

February 6 - 15, 2012

-Lead 7 Ineffable Intangible Sensational Workshops
-Participate in a Symposium, Feb 11, 1-3pm @ Krannert Art Museum
-Lead 1 DEEP Aerobics Session, Feb 11, 8-10pm @ Activities Recreation Center
-Participate in a Brown Bag Discussion wtih Grad Students, Feb 14, 1-3pm @ Graduate Dance Center
-Perform "Heavens What Have I Done", Feb 15, 7:30pm @ Dance Rehearsal Room Krannert

Photo: Antoine Tempé

George A. Miller Visiting Artist Miguel Gutierrez, a dance and music artist based in New York, has been called “one of our most provocative and necessary artistic voices” by Eva Yaa Asantewaa of Dance Magazine. He makes solo and group pieces with a variety of artists under the moniker Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People. His work, characterized by the immersive quality of the attentive state that it imposes on the audience, centers around enduring philosophical questions about desire, longing and the search for meaning.

His work includes: enter the seen (2002), I succumb (2003), dAMNATION rOAD (2004), Retrospective Exhibitionist and Difficult Bodies (2005), myendlesslove (2006), Everyone (2007), Nothing, No Thing (2008), Last Meadow (2009), HEAVENS WHAT HAVE I DONE (2010), I SAY THE WORD, a collaboration with visual artist Jenny Holzer at ICA Boston (2010), and he instigated the performance/protest/meditation freedom of information (2001, 2008 & 2009).

His work has been presented at several festivals and venues nationally and internationally, most recently the American Realness Festival in NY, and the Festival D’Automne in Paris. Others include Antipodes Festival in Brest, France, TBA/PICA in Portland, Oregon, Out There Festival at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Austria. 

He has received support from Creative Capital, Jerome Foundation, Rockefeller MAP Fund NYFA, NEA and NPN. In 2010 he received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Art, and United States Artists. He is the  winner of three New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) awards. WHEN YOU RISE UP, a book of his performance texts, is available from 53rd State Press. He also invented DEEP AEROBICS, an absurdist workout for the radical in all of us. www.miguelgutierrez.org


Miguel Gutierrez is a George A. Miller Visiting Artist. Additional support for his residency is provided by Dance at Illinois, Krannert Art Museum, The College of Fine and Applied Arts, The Wellness Center, Activities and Recreation Center, Art+Design, and the Philosophy Department. 


February 11, 2012
Symposium initiated by Miguel Gutierrez "
The Mind/Body Problem..."
Krannert Art Museum, 1-3pm

Everywhere you look there’s a surge of interest in the Brain, from articles in the newspaper about the latest discoveries in neurological research, to “Brain Food” in health food markets, to exercises online that promise improvements in your brain’s cogntive abilities. This obsession with the brain has its roots in the longstanding idea that the mind is located in the brain, an idea supported by science as well as philosophical traditions. But is it true? Is the mind in the brain? Other disciplines of thought and activity propose other ideas about what and where the mind is.

 My research in the past few years has been on looking at relationships between the fields of neurology, embodied philosophy, somatic practices, and improvisation. I am interested in how the idea of “body/mind” or body vs. mind gets articulated in these different disciplines. I have been surprised to find how little interaction exists between these fields, which all, in their own way, are seeking to understand the same thing – the role of consciousness in the human body. This symposium attempts to put people from these different disciplines into the same room and get them to discuss the particularities of their approaches, where there is overlap in their discoveries, and where there’s differences and why.


February 11, 2012
DEEP Aerobics

Activities Recreation Center, 8-10pm (costumes encouraged)

DEEP AEROBICS is a workout form invented and shamelessly disseminated by Miguel Gutierrez, who hopes to soon destroy the technique, because it’s just too hard to teach, and really the world is going to hell in a hand basket anyway. It is one hour plus of the communal/political/conceptual/imaginational workout experience you always wanted but never could embarrass yourself enough to find or do in public. It is for anyone who has ever had any interest in combining the joie de vivre that is the vigorous bouncing of one’s anatomical/spiritual/energetic molecules with the existential absurdity that is living in a world/country/economic system of injustice, war-mongering, and cultural ineptitude. Oh wait, that’s you.

It's not really a show - it's a movement, it's a transformative experience for the mindbodyspititgenital matrix. Come in an original costume that you make, although costume boxes and assistants will be available for on-site construction. Wait, did I mention that in ONE evening, you are instantly certified as a Master Teacher, no dues or fees or follow up visits?? Well yes, that is true, so there's no excuse not to come. It will be legendary. Miguel will lose his mind, then his voice and so will you.