Yvon Bonenfant

AffiliationArtist and Reader in Performing Arts, University of Winchester

Contactyvon.bonenfant@winchester.ac.uk

About Yvon Bonenfant

BiographyYvon Bonenfant makes art across media that takes the extended voice into unusual territory. His is interested in tactility, the felt body and the ‘touching voice’. His works, ranging from installation to performance to media work to event, have been shown in many countries; he works alone and in collaboration. He also writes in different styles about his work, and is Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at the University of Winchester.

AffiliationArtist and Reader in Performing Arts, Leader MA Devised Performance, University of Winchester, UK.

Emailyvon.bonenfant@winchester.ac.uk

Websitewww.yvonbonenfant.com

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Volume 1ISBN 978-1-906113-05-6Cries from the Guts

Yvon Bonenfant, Will Edmondes & Micah Silver (cur/eds)

Cries from the Guts, the first volume of the Experiments and Intensities series, explores the ways – sometimes gentle and whimsical, sometimes gurgling and grotesque, sometimes elegant and fine, and …

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ArtworkVol. 2Curatorial-Editorial Statement and Introduction

Yvon Bonenfant

The second volume of Experiments and Intensities takes us on a journey through and around an impossibly utopian notion – a sort of opposite of the experience of the traumatic, which we’re calling ‘ex-trauma’. We’re seeking not the expression of, or recovery from, trauma – though these themes certainly come up – but rather, we wonder whether the traumatic has an inverse, and if so, whether artists can help us identify it.

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    The Opposite of Trauma (The Skin Walks)

    Documentation of performance for public space • Yvon Bonenfant (artistic director) and the Galloping Cuckoos (performers)
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ArtworkVol. 2The Opposite of Trauma (The Skin Walks)

The Opposite of Trauma (The Skin Walks)

Documentation of performance for public space • Yvon Bonenfant (artistic director) and the Galloping Cuckoos (performers)

Yvon Bonenfant

Bonenfant directed a process during which the ensemble Galloping Cuckoos explored a range of skin sensations associated with attempted ex-traumatic states and then translated these into postures and ‘walks’. These were then walked through three cities: Paris, London and Cardiff, suggesting other ways of somatic being to passersby, sometimes almost invisibly.