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Diego Gil is a choreographer, performer and philosopher that studied in Amsterdam at the School for New Dance Development (BA), Das Choreography (MA) and recently became a PhD candidate at the Interdisciplinary Humanities program of Concordia University.

During 2003 and 2013 he focused his research on the production of stage performances projects, that were created via the articulation of somatic techniques. The somatic techniques explored the capacity of movement to unfold a choreography of affects - modes of feeling in transition-, together with an expanded notion of the environment - as an ecology of entryways and passageways of experience.

The core question explored was (and still is): can the practice of movement be the relational element that carries autonomously (through its own generative multilinear logic) the composition of the contingent elements populating the stage performances, such as bodies, props and signs?

Some of the themes that emerged immanently from this question on stage, were those of the ‘queerness’ of affective moods (rather than the body perceived through categories of identity), the experimentation on ‘collectivities’ based in the break and regeneration of relations (rather than in a consensual agreement based in the stable position o  personalities) and the play with ‘ecological propositions’ in which the categories of the human, the animal, technology and nature where felt in their indistinguishable mixture.

In the frame of the current PhD studies under the supervision of Professors Erin Manning, Brian Massumi and Alanna Thain, he is combining the practice of somatic techniques for movement with process and affect philosophy. The research explores at the intervals of perception, the production of alternative subjectivities (non limited to the category of the human) and the intuition of affective signs (the imperceptible but affectively felt tendencies of an actual situation that improvise a germinal future).

The aim is to think alternative spaces for research creation specific for the performing arts. Spaces that understand pedagogy as a movement towards the unknown and in which thinking is perceived as an operation of dynamic feelings.

At the moment he works at the Sense Lab (A laboratory for thought in motion directed by Erin Manning) organizing the ‘schizo-somatics workshop series’ inspired by view on schizoanalysis by Felix Guattari.