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= thinking through movement, the body and flesh;
= building an open score;
A body-movement-driven methodology which itself interrogates conceptions of bodies, movement, language and speech; cultivating new bodily assemblages: common affect, translations between modalities.
The Mind is a Muscle (AFTERALL), Yvonne Rainer or “We need to learn in our bodies” , Donna Haraway in her call for a critical feminist epistemology.
The proposed readings (see details on the resources) hybrid physical-digital exercises, its performative instances, and collective discussions will explore diasporic forms of world-making; dynamic philosophies of movement; the potential of exploring unknown grammars of gesture, rethinking bodies and their boundaries.
Ultimately we will build together an open score for performative measures and embodied maps, to be presented in an exhibition format, which will gather various accomplished outcomes as much as provide tools for the school of < beta–spaces > to grow, morph, move.
/ exercises in 'physical space' \ an intensive somatic program: allowing the body to concentrate on perception and affect; as well as allowing time for muscular absorption; to experience physical exhaustion; un-reducing the haptic. \ embodied practice sessions: from individual breathing exercises to group-driven dynamics; movement exercises based on contact improvisation techniques and somatics; \ we will be also drawing upon other relevant concepts such as ‘choreographic objects’ (Forsythe, 2010), ‘thinking-in-action’ (Manning and Massumi, 2014), ‘thinking-feeling-knowing’ (Maharaj and Varela, 2012), ‘dynamic vitality forces’ (Stern, 2010) and proprioception — which will guide us through a series of exercises to resist the alignment of movement to functional choreographies and open up perceptual and kinesthetic understandings of space. \ we will explore choreographic notions from various contemporary dance methods: viewpoints of space (spatial dimensions, relationships, and intensities); viewpoints of time (tempo, duration, rhythmic structures); kinaesthetic experiments (dynamics, mobility, stability, simultaneity..); improvisation techniques (repetition, variation, accumulation, substitution, elements of chance).
/ exercises in 'digital space'. \ as a starting point we will collect: diverse visualization map types and graphical representations, both contemporary mapping tools (preferably free/open software), online, digital maps, as well as printed and found maps from Istanbul and the neighbourhood; \ we will critically inspect existing material, reflect on various cartographic and spatial imaginaries, as well as the socio-political, aesthetic, economic positions manifested throughout the history of such archival inscriptions; \ by using techniques such as geotagging, various capturing, motion tracking and measuring devices we will choreograph and embody new modes of understanding such maps and measurements; situating the body as itself a project of crafting, making, building, and unravelling; bodies as making time-space; bodies composing together; \ each participant may also choose or bring a specific medium within its own practice; in addition a suggested list of digital tools, programming resources and software will be shared in advance.
Weaving between analogue and digital tools: from computer programs and different programming languages to body languages and physical tools; engaging in feedback sessions using diverse technologies; allowing for a rediscovery of these modalities through movement, matter, and sense that comprise our subjectivities;
All participants will collaboratively build a multimodal and per-formative system of notation (open score), merging the methods previously proposed as well as their own input from their own areas of expertise. The open score will gather the constructed shared vocabulary and the various experiments being developed — the detailed structure to be decided collectively.
The multi-modality aims at unveiling the richness of tools and mediums explored. Gathering various content types from written material, code, images, graphs, diagrams, documentation of physical models, links to videos or audio. The per-formative emphasizes the open ended format of the workshop allowing for future iterations by the participants.