post-graduate program project, research center project
2008 BLOCK I
1 January-31 March 2008
-Researchers Participants in the Postgraduate Program
Karolien De Schepper
Kim Lien Desault
Beursschouwburg / Bettina Knaup – festival ‘Performing Proximities’
UA University of Antwerpen
PAF (Performing Arts Forum, Reims)
TkH (Walking Theory, Belgrade)
TQW (TanzQuartier Wien)
-Contributors for workshops
Constant vzw ( Rogerio Liro / Simon Yuill / Kirstie Stansfield / Laurence Rassel / Peter Westenberg / Wendy Van Wynsberghe)
Heather Kravas / Antonija Livingstone
Peter Stamer / Philippe Riera
Elke van Campenhout
The block is curated by Elke van Campengout (Coordinator a.pass)
Program #1 in collaboration with Constant vzw
21-15 / 01 / 2008
‘PERFORMATIVE RECORDINGS, BROWSING THE CITY’
workshop by Constant vzw (Brussels)
Some members of Constant vzw confront the a.pass participants with low tech recording instruments for sound, images, video streams, …. These tools are portable objects (skate, backpack, long stick vibration measurement, trolley making photos, etc. ..) The material is initially planned as a study in the buildings of the art center Singel, and in the second instance in the shopping mall of the Meir in Antwerpen.
The resulting material (audio and video) is then processed whether or not supplemented with text.
Through this intense collaboration in creating the material collection will emerge many theoretical questions which will constitute the discursive core of the block.
…How do you deal with copyright in contemporary art practice?
…How public is public space?
…How technology can today be hijacked and used in a subversive context?
…What does mean archiving and registration?
28-31 / 01 / 2008
‘MODULATING SENSORY INPUT: OBJECTS AND SPACES STRATEGIES’
workshop by Rogerio Liro
In today’s society we face in increasing degree of technological tools for communication: phone, email, text messaging, internet data generated oriented person. These instruments gain influence and determine already greatly our personal lives. The growth of these media seems endless. But our reserves of energy and attention is finite although we tend to test its limits. These technological opportunities for interaction show as well their own borders.
How these instruments affect our perception of space and of our social needs? How do they redefine the boundary between ourselves and the world that surrounds us? What is the nature of this limit and how liquid is that? Do we always know when the saturation point is reached?
In practice, particular attention will be paid to the work of Lygia Clark as therapeutic art practice, and the workshop will result in the construction of a new model for the use of a.pass workspaces.
29-31 / 01 / 2008
‘PERFORMING PROXIMITIES : SWEETNESS AND FEAR AMONG FRIENDS AND STRANGERS’
(SWAP MEAT AND MALE BREAST FEEDING)
workshop by Heather Kravas (U.S.) and Antonija Livingstone (SE / CA)
Choreographers Antonija Livingstone and Heather Kravas already worked a long time together, and will try to share their choreographic practices. In particular, they will work with the participants on two motion systems that simultaneously construct and deconstruct an image. The workshop revolves around the development of intimacy in a performance situation.
The workshop takes place during the ‘Performing Proximities’ festival, curated by Bettina Knaup at the Beursschouwburg in Brussels. This festival focuses on notions of hospitality, intimacy and confrontation, both in terms of programming formats and in relation to artistic work and research.
11-17 / 02 / 2008
‘OBJECT SCORE NOTATION’
workshop by Simon Yuill (software developer) and Kirstie Stansfield (artist)
This workshop looks for the potentiality of softwares as tools to create notation of performance.
The starting point is the development of a notation system for everyday objects, movements, and gestures capture. For this, the physical space (the dance floor) is used as notation canvas shared by/in a collective authorship.
Program #2 by a.pass in collaboration with the Antwerpen Master in Theater Studies
18 / 02 – 20 / 03 / 2008
workshop by Peter Stamer and Philippe Riera
This long-term project will develop in several phases, including the development of a performance with the master students Theatre Studies of the University of Antwerp.
Peter Stamer initially will work with the participants around the basic principles of the therapeutic practice ‘family constellations’, where participants act as representatives of characters involved in the therapeutic needs of the client. The theatrical aspect of family constellations (volunteers take the ‘role’ of the father, mother, daughter or lover of the client, and are placed in the room to promote in this way the relationship between these key players), is the starting point for testing out this methodology as a tool in performance creation. The participants will work around these principles in the creation of improvisational moments of singing, wordless, dramatic or choreographic constellations.
Secondarily Peter Stamer will work with about 20 students of the master Theatre Studies at UA and apass participants will become their coaches.
One of the working week will focus on the contribution of choreographer Philippe Riera. He will work, inspired by his experience with the collective Superamas, with students around notions of fake / real and film editing esthetics principles in performance.
28-29 / 03 / 2008
‘PRINCIPLES AND METHODOLOGIES OF AUTO-EDUCATION’
research laboratory curated by a.pass, PAF (Performing Arts Forum, Reims), TkH (Walking Theory, Belgrade) and TQW (Tanz Quartier Wien).