The course is targeted for master students and professional artists from different fields (performing arts, fine arts and music) who are interested in acquiring new skills for documenting and archiving body and time-based performance practices. It is focused on providing the students with new tools and insights into the procedures and values of documentation by considering it essential for the development of an artistic and embodied practice.
The main aims are:
- Examine different artistic strategies and forms of
a) documenting and archiving a performance work and
b) creating a performance canon.
- Explore the notion of expanded documentation (e.g. performed photography, mediated performance, video-essay) by working with different media and digital tools.
- Promote collaborative documentation processes through a laboratory work.
- Acquire basic skills in video-editing.
- Elaborate a documentation concept by using different platforms and formats.
- Analyse the ontology of performance documentation within both academia and the performing arts field.
The structure of the course is "blended" (on-site and Zoom) and divided into intensive workshops with experienced artist-researchers from the performing arts field specialised in the topic. The language of the course is in English.
Workshop descriptions and dates (spring course of 2022)
Workshop 1: The performance artist and artistic researcher Nathalie S. Fari will give, on the one hand, an introduction into the history and different approaches of performance documentation. On the other, she will focus on the topic of performing archives and the ways in which a performance work can be reframed, reenacted and/or mediated. Starting from a selection of documented performances from either historical meaning or one’s own archive, we will experiment with the design of performative documents through the following principles: theatricality x documentary, embodied experiences x memory, truthfulness x fiction and authorship x publicness.
Visit Nathalie S. Fari's homepage
Dates and times for workshop 1:
- 5 May: 4-6 pm
- 6-7 May: 10 am - 5 pm
- 8 May: 10 am - 2 pm
Workshop 2: Dr Ben Spatz will introduce a set of practical techniques for short-circuiting embodiment and audiovisuality, which may be useful to anyone conducting practice research in actor and performer training, creative devising, or post-dramatic performance. Departing from performance documentation, these techniques are drawn from a new audiovisual embodied research method that rigorously implements a laboratory for experimental practice. In this workshop, the method will be simplified and introduced through four basic relations: to embodied material; between practitioners; external or directorial; and video-graphic. Participants will explore each of these relations separately and then experiment with the generation of new kinds of research data that emerge from them.
Urban Research Theater
Dates and times for workshop 2:
- 19 May: 11 am - 6 pm
- 20 May: 11 am - 3 pm
- 22 May: 2-6 pm
- 1 June: 3-7 pm
Workshop 3: The choreographer and artistic researcher Charlotta Ruth will focus on the development of a documentation concept. By considering documentation as an artistic practice, an emphasis will be given on the moving image as well as on the notion of liveness. What are the differences between pre-recorded and mediated performances? How to deploy the moving image as a way of capturing and enhancing a live performance situation? How can participatory elements be included? How to deal with image consent? Based on these questions, we will look at the individual projects (researching, promoting, reporting) by analyzing other documentation practices and/or documentation tools.
Visit Charlotta Ruth's homepage
Dates and times for workshop 3:
- 12-13 May: 4-7 pm
- 21 May: 10 am - 5 pm
- 2 June: 4-7 pm