Panel 3: Philosophies of misperforming bodies brings together a presentation by a philosopher (Mullarkey), a presentation of practice (Kirkkopelto) and a performative paper somewhere between academia and practice (Watt) in order to address the theme of misperforming bodies. Mullarkey addresses not only the fear of failure felt in the philosopher’s performing body, but also the fear of success in relation to the paradoxical performance of academic lecturing, which both solicits and is threatened to be undone by consensus. Watt, in turn, employs the writing of Blanchot and Nancy to ask “if all performance, all bodies, ultimately fail against the overreaching aspirations of our imaginations”. Finally, Kirkkopelto introduces the relation to philosophical questions concerning the essence of humanity of the work of the Finnish group, “Other Spaces” and its concept of “mis-educating” the performing body such that it can “enter into contact with alternate modes of experience, with non-human forms and modes of being, beyond or at the limits of anthropomorphism”.
Panel 3: Philosophies of misperforming bodies