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Suriashi as a ceremonial, subversive act

Conference contribution
Authors Ami Skånberg Dahlstedt
Published in WNM 2019: Walking’s New Movements’: a conference to discuss the latest developments and future prospects for radical walking and walking arts
Publication year 2019
Published at Academy of Music and Drama
Language en
Keywords walking, walking arts, psychogeography, politics of walking, suriashi, Japanese dance, artistic research, konstnärlig forskning
Subject categories Performing Arts, Arts, Human Geography, Cultural Studies, Cultural anthropology, Performing Art Studies


Abstract My presentation departures from my PhD project ‘Suriashi – an interventionist practice in urban spaces’, where I look at society from within a Japanese practice called suriashi. Suriashi is practiced in performance, martial arts and Sumo wrestling. On stage, suriashi often represents the traveler in constant flux, either travelling between geographical places or travelling from a spiritual state to a human state. The practice not only depicts geographical places, it also depicts metaphysical and liminal spaces and time. For my research, I have since 2014 practiced suriashi at a very slow pace in urban spaces, in squares and on streets, inside busy places, as a solo act, a conversation act, an activist act, a thing-to-do-together-act, a gift-act, a friendship act etc. I will present what I have found since I started to practice in 2000 with the master Nishikawa Senrei in Kyoto. The slow practice has become a methodology to approach spaces, while investigating the location of bodies and immaterial and material monuments, and thereby challenge how we relate to each other and to spaces.

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