Landing sites – a further-field pursuit of new tools for choreography
@ Reversible Destiny Lofts, MITAKA, Japan
With MA students from Oslo National Academy of Arts
Research should no longer be done off to one side, in a school, a library or laboratory. Where one lives needs to become a laboratory for researching, for mapping directly, the living body itself, oneself as a world-forming inhabitant. – Arakawa and Gins
I traveled with Solveig Styve Holte, Kathrine Fallmyr, Heidi Jessen (MA choreography) and Tormod Carlsen (MA theatre directing) for a week’s residency/ field trip at the Reversible Destiny Lofts in Mitaka, a suburb of Tokyo. The lofts are built by the artists and architects Arakawa and Gins. The residency is the first of a two-part workshop for exploring the body’s capacity to co-create event-spaces with any given environment.
Workshop summary and blog
Time to Switch
Workshop in choreography @ Oslo National Academy of the Arts
Format: Body Storming, brain storming, field trips, lectures and presentations.
Workshop for MA students in choreography with guest participants Petr Svarovsky and The YOURBAN project, Oslo School of Archtecture and Design.
From an historical perspective dance has not followed the general order of things. To cut a long story short, there was modern dance which was not at all “modernist”. Then came the first surge of post-modern dance in the 1960s – early 70s, rebelling against classical ballet and classical modern dance. Imagining what a new dance could look like in the future, post-modern dance quickly became more outwardly “post-modernist”. Let’s imagine that for two weeks we are the choreographers of the first post-modern period and that it is happening to us now, in 2011. We are not yet very cool or analytical, but playfully rebellious, urgently reconsidering dance as a medium today. We are interested in the medium’s functional relationship to context; in exploring “natural movement”, collaboration and participation; in working with simple scores that can be performed in the city by almost anybody’s body with a minimum of prior instruction; in co-creating event spaces with the body, the urban environment and mobile technology.
Requirements: any kind of digital photography camera
Public toilets, far from being banal or simply functional, are highly charged spaces, shaped by notions of propriety, hygiene and the binary gender division. Indeed, public toilets are among the very few openly segregated spaces in contemporary Western culture, and the physical differences between “gentlemen” and “ladies” remains central to (and is further naturalized by) their design. As such, they provide a fertile ground for critical work interrogating how conventional assumptions about the body, sexuality, privacy, and technology can be formed in public space and inscribed through design. (Olga Gershenson, Barbara Penner, 2009)
The workshop explores and reflects on the issues described above by capturing the aesthetics of toilets in Tbilisi. Starting with a short presentation of the topic, the group divide to move out into the city and take as many photographs as possible of toilets that are available for public use, also mapping their location. The workshop ends with a final gathering to collect and look at the results of the field trip. The workshop is funded by Europe House, Tbilisi and the British Arts Council.
Flickr set of toliet photos
Format: A working session drawing on and expanding the experience and knowledge of the participants. Main activity: experimenting with muscle wire/shape memory alloys (SMA) and textiles. Soft Technology is initiated by Hillevi Munthe and is a collaboration between Atelier Nord and ”Future Textiles” at Bergen National Academy of the Arts. The project is funded by Arts Council of Norway, Nordic Culture Fund and Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts.
See four posts on this worklab here
Desert Walker. The Other side of “o”
Experimental geography workshop/performance event, 3km from Art Villa Garikula, Akhalkalaki, Shida Qartli region, Georgia
Touch the tip of one index finger to the other. Do the same with your thumbs. With these fingertips connected, open the space between them, to form an O. Now separate your hands. What remains is the other side of O. This absence of boundary is the choreographed site for The Other Side of O.(Deborah Hay, 1998)
This workshop explored the idea of commemorating landscape of forgotten or obscure events by combining practices of ritual, choreography and experimental geography. It takes the choreographic score of “Quad” (1981), Samuel Beckett’s experimental TV drama for four silent walkers, off the screen and places it in real space. Exactly what is to be commemorated is decided through group discussions during the process of learning and performing the score. The participants are artists and cultural workers from Georgia and France. The workshop is funded by The Foundation for the Cultural Heritage of ShidaQartli.
Sniffer Sounds is part of the “Dig It” programme – a series of workshops offered as part of the Amandus Festival. It focuses on children and young people who make use of living images as a mode of expression.
Connect the dots
Physical computing workshop
Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway
The workshop was led in collaboration with HC Gilje. The main focus – exploration. A hands on approach to connecting spaces, people, objects, image, light, sound and movement by connecting simple software and hardware modules together. The participants divide into 4 groups – each group pursuing a particular area of interest. By the end of the workshop the results of each group are joined together to make one big machine.