I often create engagement opportunities for working with a collection.
I have previously developed a model of generating ideas through experiments in the gallery space followed by an intensive workshop in the studio formed of a series of ‘workstations’, this has worked well and produced an energized dynamic working environment.
After a week of Digital Participatory Artist Training at Tate in association with Derby QUAD, I was asked by Artist and Digital Studio Coordinator Luca M Damiani to create the following outline.
Energy and Process, Level 4
Workshops for post-14 groups
The exhibition provokes a number of ideas that are useful when discovering the performing body or the moving body in space.
We will be looking at how we can use both the exhibition and our responses as a way of generating material for performance
Transformation and change
Calibration (measurement or rhythm)
Volume – using an architectural environment and changing the composition with the body
Contrast (e.g. weight and form)
Exercises in the gallery space;
The body becomes a site of experimentation. The Arte Povera artworks explore changing physical state, how processes can alter low-fi materials. We use the exhibition as a vehicle for looking at how we can translate the ideas of long term processes e.g. entropy or time pressure into bodily and sound transcriptions.
Testing the Body (to be photographed/filmed/sound recorded/documented by students – imaginative documentation is encouraged)
Exercises resisting another body – pushing and bridging
Exercises translating ‘repulsion’ and ‘magnetism’ e.g. step forward/ step back
Selection of materials
The artist will supply a number of materials – string, translucent fabric, wire, plasticine. Use the materials to visually encapsulate any of the key ideas above, the work created can include the body and must include traces of the human maker or a residue of actions.
We will create diagrams around the theme of connection and opposition next to artworks using tape on the floor.
These will be photographed for the studio session
In The Studio Art Atelier
In the studio will be a number of workstations/ work areas – it is imagined that you will have a chance to work at all the stations although you may wish to focus more of your time on one area than another.
Add string to this space
Comment and document how the installation changes your movement in the space. Create a short 1 minute movement piece that describes how the string impacts on your ability to move around that space.
Use the discursive diagrams created in the studio space to choreograph someone else – create a short 30 secs movement sequence. Be strict with the time limitation – you can repeat the sequence as many times as you like but it must not exceed 30 secs.
The table has a number of sound responsive materials (you are also encouraged to use your voice);
Paper, aluminium, aluminium foil, sand paper, rice, velcro
Sound recording – create a series of sounds using the KEY TRIGGERS – record sounds that seem to oppose each other e.g. weight and lightness
Creation of pressure switches (using makey makey and laptops), looking at gravity/ weight and time.
Use your pressure switch to trigger a sound when you move on it
We will observe a change in a material
Vibrate the sand on the wooden plates using sticks or your hands – record this with slow shutter speeds and or time/ lapse
Create a short 1 minute movement sequence with your body/ bodies that translates your observations
Movement gif/ Flow drawings
Using the workshop space itself make a series of drawings that show how participants use the space.
Map these and create circulation drawings. These can be translated into gifs
Choose an element that you can share with the rest of the group, this may be an excerpt of performance, a document of you working or an idea for discussion.