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Time

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Kirsty and An translated elements from their improvisations like ‘meeting’, ‘conversation, ‘presence’ into the machinal building blocks for the scores, looking more closely at ‘machinal’ capacities like the automation of time, selection and repetition.

On Time inspired by Latour:
Time indicates the force of texts, messages, ideas – the longer it stays, the stronger it gets, but when it stays too long, it becomes obsolete, because it is invested by other ideas growing. Change is the only stability. There needs to be change in order to continue breathing.

Filed under CCA Glasgow, Report, Scores
Aug 21, 2011

Listening score

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In Pauline Oliveiros’ Deep Listening she proposes to listen to the space that surrounds you with a ‘global attention’ alternated with a ‘focal attention’ that you follow till the end when something catches your attention.

Kirsty and An applied this exercise at the table for a conversation with some chosen objects. They listened and imagined a score for themselves, like f.ex. this hommage to JC:
– take sounds as a score and objects as the instruments
– perform the score with focus on time, texture, movement, force, position, weight

Filed under CCA Glasgow, Pix, Report, Scores
Aug 21, 2011

Voice workshop with Susan Worsfold using the Nadine Georges Technique

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Kirsty invited Susan Worsfold for 1 day to introduce An to the Nadine George Technique and to lend her knowledge to the work we had realised until then. Thank you Susan!

Susan is a great voice teacher. She is trained as an actress & theatre director in Conservatory of Glasgow, where she met Nadine George at the age of 18 and never left her. In her voice trainings she develops the idea of inhabiting the body, the conversation and the action through breathing. This technique gives the extra connectedness & intuition to a ‘performance’.

Basic warm-up: Read the rest of this post

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Aug 21, 2011

Parameters: Qualities

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Inspired by Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons Kirsty and An looked into the different qualities one can use to compose, in this case, a text. The idea is to write words or a sentence through association on rhythm, colour, meaning, etc. Here it suited the way objects would engage in a conversation through objscrs.

Dorothé and An already used the same technique during their Summer Residency at Parts: in movement and in text.

Aug 21, 2011

Parameters: live, visual and software

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Organising loops, timing the machinal actions by using the metronome function (‘time’), playing with variables through the selection objects (‘composition’), and having data moved by bodies (‘agency’) were the main ‘machinal’ specs we forces ourselves to look into.

The improvisation exercises we did in the mornings pointed out some more parameters. We divided them into:
– ‘live’ parameters, such as: force, body volume and texture
– ‘software’ parameters such as: body area, dominant, continuous and static tracking
– ‘visual’ parameters (on the projection screen) such as: texture, position

And there are parameters that belong to various fields.
The scheme has to be completed & reorganised 🙂

Aug 20, 2011

Objects as agents – the sources

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The software objscrs does not make any difference between a human and an objects entering or being in the space.
This gives any object a potential agency.

Therefore we had with us a.o. following books:
– John Law/John Hassard, Actor Network Theory and after, Blackwell Publishing, 2006, Oxford
РLatour, Irr̩ductions Read the rest of this post

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Aug 19, 2011

Methodology

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Kirsty & An quickly developed a working methodology.
In the morning they would work without the machine, starting with warm-up exercises from the following books:

– Pauline Oliveiros, Deep Listening, A Composer’s Sound Practise, iUniverse 2005, US

– Orlanda Cook, Singing with your own voice, Nick Hern Books, London, 2004

followed by improvisation exercises with the objects and their voices, as f.ex.: Read the rest of this post

Filed under CCA Glasgow, Report, Scores
Aug 19, 2011

Residency in CCA Glasgow – set-up

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The set-up in CCA influenced a lot the decisions we took to work.

The lab in CCA has following features:

– ceiling 3,5m
– bright shiny floor
– not possible to darken much Read the rest of this post

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Aug 18, 2011

Workshop After Motion Tracking Trace

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Dorothé, Lot and Matthias organised a 2nd workshop during the residency at Marginalia, followed by a public presentation in Espanca! Read the rest of this post

Filed under Marginalia+Lab, Report
Aug 18, 2011