Selection of Arts-led Research Publications

MoverWitness Interdisciplinarity

International Conference Presentation (May 2023)MoverWitness (Goldhahn 2007) is a new term (for the Discipline of Authentic Movement, Adler 2002) and aids to transfer core values and practices usefully to other disciplines.” (Conference Proceedings, MoverWitness Interdisciplinarity, E. Goldhahn 2023)

Reflections on Authentic Movement

Monograph (E. Goldhahn, June 2022) in Routledge series Research in Creative Arts and Expressive Therapies.

“I love the book. What a great resource Eila has provided for all of us studying this practice. I will give it as a resource to my students, it will be top of the list.”
(Wendy Elliott, Somatic Depth Psychotherapist, Ojai, California)

“Eila Goldhahn contributes to the Authentic Movement literature though a carefully considered re-framing of the practice, naming it the MoverWitness, while highlighting a unique creative perspective of the practice with her essays on arts-led research. This book gives the field a fresh application of AM, centered firmly in its rich and fertile history.”
(Marcia Plevin, Arts Therapy Italiana, Bologna)

“This book is recommended reading for artists and dancers interested in engaging with Authentic Movement for their own creative outputs and others from education, recreational and health fields who would like to understand more about the adaptive nature of Goldhahn's MoverWitness, an interdisciplinary tool.

Further the book provides the reader with a comprehensive pathway to the theory and practice of the Discipline of Authentic Movement.”
(Professor Helen Payne, PhD, University of Hertfordshire)

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Questioning ‘Normality’

Book Review (November 2022)
“Enlarging the issues at stake to a global and interspecies scale Carroll poses that dissolving concepts of normality may pave the way for a non-binary view that is essential to heal human and interspecies relations and develop a bio intelligence.”
(Questioning Normality, E.Goldhahn and M.Plevin 2022)
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The MoverWitness

Discussion of project and film showing “Here we are now” by E. Goldhahn at online exhibition event CAMP Alongside British Art Show (April 2022)

Being seen digitally: exploring macro and micro perspectives

Essay in Journal for Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy (August 2020)
“Human senses and social interactions evolved and adapted to function optimally in the presence of another body equipped with the same senses. The evolutionary function of innate mirror neurons is based on individuals being in each other’s presence, of having eye contact, of being in earshot, of joining each other’s rhythm of breathing, to read and emphasize with facial expressions and gestures.” (Being seen digitally: exploring macro and mirco perspectives, E. Goldhahn 2020)
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Readers’ Resources

The book Reflections on Authentic Movement references a number of art works and films not depicted in the actual book. Instead they can be found here:

Page 66
Portrait of a Mover (Video still, filmed at Dartington). © Eila Goldhahn 2023.

Page 66
Movers at Dartington (Video still). © Eila Goldhahn 2023. Click on image to view this 5 minute film.

Pages 66 & 67
The Wall, detail 1 (Painting on video still, filmed at Dartington).
© Eila Goldhahn 2023.

Page 72 to 83
Long Circle
(Video still, filmed on the island of Pettu, Finland). © Eila Goldhahn 2023.
Click on image to view 2 minutes of this film or email and ask for a free file transfer of the whole 11 minute film.

Long Circle is a record of a particular session as seen from a personal witnessing perspective. Methodologically, this way of camera-witnessing aims to be congruent with the ethics of Authentic Movement itself. Documenting a perspective into a usually private world, Long Circle becomes an ethnographic, artistic document.” (Page 81, RAM, Theory, Practice and Arts-led Research, E. Goldhahn 2022) 

Page 84 to 92
(Un)marked Boxes (film still). © Eila Goldhahn 2023.
Click on image to view this 10 minute documentation about the making and public reception of this work at Dartington Trust and Delamore Arts, UK.

Page 136 to 143
Collaborative Choreography (Video still, filmed in Helsinki) © Eila Goldhahn 2023.
Please email and ask for a free file transfer of the 16 minute documentary.

Movement films (selection)

“A witness’s gaze is typically mindful of her own inner witness and rooted in the consciousness of her own body.”
(Page 147, RAM, Eila Goldhahn 2023)

Four Movers (© Eila Goldhahn 2007.) 
A collaboration with PhD and MA students at Teak University of the Arts, Helsinki.

Graffiti  © Eila Goldhahn 2007.
A collaboration with dancer Malaika Sarco-Thomas. (8 min.)

Slapton Beach movers I, II, III  © Eila Goldhahn 2023.
Installation view at PAW, Dark Energy Exhibition, Barbican, Plymouth.
A collaboration with untrained dancers using movement in the shared habitat between land and sea. (various min. lengths)

Eila Goldhahn 2006
Allegorical “moving still life” about becoming, aging and time. (12 min.)

Spinning Towns I / Spinning Mill
© Eila Goldhahn 2006
A study of human movement and machine action in 20th century British factory work. (8 min.)

Spinning Towns II / Tannery
© Eila Goldhahn 2006A study of human movement and machine action in 20th century British factory work. (8 min.)

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