Beeldmedia, Theaterschool. Photo: Thomas Lenden
The first research and knowledge circulation laboratory of the project took place 17-23 November 2008 at the Theaterschool, Amsterdam School of the Arts in Amsterdam. There the five research groups, comprising twenty-five different individual researchers, including student groups and guests, gathered for an intensive period together. The week of collaborative research resulted in each group gaining significant new knowledge about each other, development of the ‘case studies’, refining own aims and objectives, production of a research report from each group and planning for the next laboratory in April 2009. The following are short excerpts from group reports with links to those reports assessed as appropriate for dissemination.
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EG|PC Research Group: Excerpt from Report
Chris Ziegler. Photo: Thomas Lenden
The working process of the EG | PC team during this first lab was based on (1) a tryout of the interactive installation DS/ DM by participants from the different research groups (observing or doing it); and on (2) reflection and discussion of their experiences. These reflections were used as feedback by the team on the functioning of the installation as well as on the potential for its development into a workshop and creative mode, the main aim of team within the research project. A summary document was developed at the end of the lab reflecting on the questions, suggestions and remarks given to the team through the week.
AHK_Dance Research Group: Excerpt from Report
AHK_Dance students. Photo: Thomas Lenden
In the first experience of the installation, we observed while individuals entered. After everyone had experienced the installation we entered into a discussion about our individual responses to the installation. The EG/PC group was interested in the use of the installation for transference of the movement ‘intention’ of the dance company EG/PC to the user. The discussion was twofold. Was this transference successful and if so how was this success achieved? This grew into a listing of elements of the installation that worked well or could be improved. More background information on the installation and its development was presented by contrasting the Forsythe CD-Rom with the installation. Discussion followed: How do these different media provide new possibilities, complement each other and strengthen the work as a whole. A presentation about the technical development of the interactive technology in the installation helped us understand the parameters that are being measured by the installation and how they are converted into feedback. Read the detailed notes compiled by John Taylor.
NIMK Research Group: Excerpt from Report
The aim with this lab was firstly to understand ‘Capturing Intention’ and to get familiar with the work and way of working EG|PC, and to compare the method of documentation used previously with models and techniques from visual and media installation arts. Half the group focused on the interactive dvd and existing registration models; comparing models. The other half focused on the interactive installation and interview models; formulation of questions. The deliverables from the sessions included brief description and analysis of existing (fine art) documentation models; brief description and analysis of existing artist’s interview methods and questions – in relation to choreographer’s interviews.
U_Utrecht Research Group: Excerpt from Report
Michal Kobialka Guest Senior Researcher
One of the main recurring topics during the week had been the notion of essence and the question what this essence would be for dance. We conclude that in discussing the essence of something it is also essential to discuss the method by which you measure or capture this essence. Technology in this process guiding your idea of essence. Michal Kolbialka stated that ‘the technology available captures “the something” in a certain way, but in opening that door, how many other do I close?’ (…) In our discussions, we referred to the term Alethea as used (amongst others) by Derrida and Heidegger to speak of what is revealed, or unconcealed, in the environment you are in. In relation to environment, we discussed the concept of a ‘programming environment’ as mentioned in the discussion with Professor Sergey Avrutin (Utrecht Institute of Linguistics). In this light, the installation can be seen as a manner for materializing the essence and not so much for uncovering this essence. As Maaike Bleeker commented this matter is also related to literacy, only not as in semiotics when the question is what the sign (notation) represents but how we relate to the sign and visa versa.