Welcome to the presentation of the workshop ‘Landing sites – a further field pursuit of new tools for choreography’.
Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th December 2013
18.30 – 20.00 hrs
Stage 5, Oslo National Academy of the Arts
– Free entrance
During this event Masters’ students of choreography will use their creative skills to lead you through a presentation of the processes and results of the project ‘Landing sites’; a six week workshop for shaking up the senses to re-orientate the body and its capacity to apprehend and shape the world!
‘Landing sites’ stretches from a physical probing of an avant-garde building in the suburbs Tokyo to experiencing Substitutional Reality at a brain science institute, finally landing with video experiments in a black box theatre at KhiO. By looking towards other fields and initiating various collaborations with people and places, it aims to find possible tangible tools for choreography for shaping fluid spaces and the creation of events there-in.
Leading the presentation are Solveig Styve Holte, Anne Katherine Fallmyr and Heidi Jessen.
Workshop leader, Amanda Steggell, professor in choreography, Academy of Dance, KhiO.
Landing sites is a three-stage workshop that draws on the ideas of the artist/architect duo Shusaku Arakawa (jp) and Madeleine Gins (usa). It explores how attention operates, while simultaneously mapping the way different scales of attentions situate a body within any given environment. By probing these issues physically in a specially designed architectural surround, one can also become aware of a body’s capacity to co-shape the spaces it inhabits.
Stage one, Tokyo 20th – 28th October 2013
A week’s field trip/residency to the Reversible Destiny Lofts situated in Mitaka, a suburb of Tokyo; a multi-shaped and coloured avant-garde apartment building and a physical iteration of Arakawa and Gins’ ideas.
Applying a perceptual approach to ‘attention’, ‘decision’ and ‘action’ (as proposed by Arakawa and Gins) we explored shifting perceptions of space within a specially designed architectural surround that literally shakes up the senses. Discussions with artists and scientists, film screenings and various excursions to Tokyo augmented the loft investigations. Tormod Carlsen, MA student in theater direction, Academy of Theatre, KhiO joined us for the week.
Other collaborators/participants in Tokyo include;
- Momoyo Homma, curator and host, Reversible Destiny Lofts, Mitaka
- Artist and director Miyuki Kawamura and linguist Ryoko Uno present their collaborative work ‘Dancing Self Theory’
- Prof. Fujii Naotaka, brain scientist and host, Substitutional Reality Laboratory, Riken Brain Science Institute
Stage two, Oslo. 30th October – 8th November 2013
Applying insights and experiences gained from Tokyo we start in an ‘empty’ black box at KhiO, experimenting with constructing environments by mapping video/light onto large surfaces and small objects. To aid experiments artist Hans Christian Gilje held a five day hands-on workshop with Video Projection Tool – a computer programme he created to composite and map video onto three dimensional objects. Gilje explores how ‘audiovisual technology can be used to transform, create, expand, amplify and interpret physical spaces’.
The video workshop was organised in collaboration with Synne Bull, Associate professor, Academy of Fine Art, KhiO. Four BA students in fine art, Ask Vatne Brean, Amelia Beavis-Harrison, Ronny Dahl and Agnieszka Gołaszewska, joined the workshop. To bring together contemporary takes on ‘expanded cinema’ with ‘expanded choreography’ we took part in the ‘Re:placing the Cinematic’ conference at ANX, Oslo, thus adding an extra contextual layer to the workshop.
Stage three. The challenge. 11th November – 6th December
At the time of writing there is a little over two weeks left of this six week workshop, yet there are still many questions to be addressed. For example;
- Was the search for new tools for choreography successful?
- If so, what kinds of tools can we speak of?
- How can the processes and results of a six week experimental artistic investigation – a roller coaster ride through diverse fields and practices – be communicated to both a targeted audience and a general public?
To address these questions is the final challenge of the workshop. The MA students are currently working through them, conjuring up all their creative abilities as they prepare for the presentation in Stage 5 on the 4th and 5th December 2013.