Digital Participatory Training for Artists, TATE and QUAD, Derby: The Atelier

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.

Tate Modern

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

Testing processes




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.

Material Resistance

Testing the Body (to be photographed/filmed/sound recorded/documented by students – imaginative documentation is encouraged)

Exercises resisting another body – pushing and bridging

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Exercises translating ‘repulsion’ and ‘magnetism’ e.g. step forward/ step back

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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.

String installation

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.

Diagram Choreography

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.

Pressure Switches

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

Sand Vibrations

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

Final Sharing

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.

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