OPENLAB to take-away, anyone?

IMG-3705

Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot playing Being Buried on a Lawn by the Seaside at “Games of Utopia: Paper Games” – a Facilitated OL with Joe Stevens.

Our next session in the studio will be in three weeks. Three weeks!!!

That’s right; between our last session, Joe Stevens’s Facilitated OL pictured above, and our next session there will pass 21 days. In that time, daffodils will not just bloom all over the land; they will likely have withered away.

So what are you going to do until then?

Well, you could simply wait for the temperature at Chisenhale Dance Space’s studios to rise and meet me at the White Canvas on Friday, 23 March.

Or you could possibly follow the next set of instructions for an OPENLAB that you will take out of the studio. This is something we haven’t done for a while but you can read more about labs outside in here and here.

 

Set of instructions for a Take-away OPENLAB in March 2018:

  1. Take-away this OPENLAB session to Chisenhale Gallery’s current exhibition: Lydia Ourahmane, The you in us.
  2. If you have visited the exhibition already you can pretend that you haven’t visited yet (take it lightly – we both know you have been there so it is not that a big deal if you can’t forget all about it… just be cheeky).
  3. You can go on your own or organise it to go with others.
  4. Not everyone in your party has to do this take-away session, yet let them know in advance that you’ve planned to do it. You don’t need to give them a long explanation but just tell them enough to ensure they will let you follow up this set of instructions. If they don’t let you follow the session, in the end, don’t stress much about it; at least you saw an exhibition today.
  5. On your way there you can talk to the other people in your party (if you are alone you are welcome to talk to strangers in the street but I can’t be responsible to what it may happen… feel free to talk to the trees and birds instead – silence is also allowed).
  6. Once outside the gallery, you will all agree that for the next hour you will enter and stay in the gallery in absolute silence with yourselves and with the other members of your party (this is guerrilla session but there is no need to be all weird and suspicious – it is okay to blend socially within the gallery setting: say hello at the desk if they welcome you, answer other people’s questions if they ask you, use your common sense and talk if it is necessary – just stop your inner chatter and don’t seek conversation with others).
  7. Inside the gallery, the main activity you will undertake will simply be to be.
  8. Take your time to notice.
  9. Notice what you notice.
  10. And while you notice just be.
  11. During being just explore the following question: what does to perform entail?
  12. This is OPENLAB, remember.
  13. Where does performing start and where does it end?
  14. What embodiments does being take while performing?
  15. Don’t try to answer these questions in your head. Explore them with your actions and with the way you will interact with the pieces at the exhibition, within that context.
  16. Allow yourself to act/be differently to the way you would normally act/be in a setting like that one. At the same time keep it within a repertoire of actions belonging to any other person. Pedestrian but not quite pedestrian: quasi-pedestrian… think about it as being at the edges between in and out of context.
  17. After an hour, leave the gallery. Go for a coffee or for food somewhere. While you are doing this, take a few minutes to reflect upon the experience. You can talk to the other members of your party, you can take some notes or other ways of keeping a journal/documenting, you can do both (again, I’m not really recommending you to talk to strangers but I wouldn’t judge you if you did).

 

Remember: Take these instructions with a pinch of salt and use your common sense. There isn’t an agreement with Chisenhale Gallery about people coming to their space and follow these set of instructions. If you decide to do this at the end of the day you are solely responsible for your actions in this space. I encourage you to respect other visitors, the artwork and the people working at the gallery, even if you are there doing your own exploration. If you decide to go, have fun and if you collect any documentation or write anything about the experience share it with us all; for this get in touch with me here.

Advertisements

Season 6; Sessions 12, 13 and 14: ‘White Canvas’ x 2 and “Game of Utopia – Paper Games” – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Joe Stevens.

 

Courtesy of Matt Warner

Photo courtesy of Matt Warner.

 

These are the last three OPENLAB sessions for the Spring Term:

  1. A ‘White Canvas’ session on Friday 23 February 2018, 10 AM-12 PM
  2. A ‘Facilitated OL’ session on Friday 2 March with Joe Stevens: Games of Utopia – Paper Games, a three-hour long session, 10 AM-1 PM
  3. And a ‘White Canvas’ session on Friday 23 March 2018, 10 AM-12 PM

All three sessions will take place in the Research Studio at Chisenhale Dance Space.

Games of Utopia – Paper Games

Game of Utopia: Paper Games presents three paper-based situations each lasting an hour. This session will explore the theme of game design and game performance for three hours on Friday 2 March, from 10am to 1pm. The participants and myself (as facilitator) will become collaborative game designers and competitive game players within the materials and suggestions that are my three starting points for development: Paper Planes, Wine Skittles and Wine Maker, all taking place on a large grid representing the field of play.

Paper Planes offers 4 different player types an alternately sized and coloured paper plane, ranging from A5 size up to A2. Wine Skittles displays a triangle of different sized towers (think ten-pin bowling) ready to be flamboyantly toppled by creatively made projectiles. Wine Maker allows the participants to draw on what has been learned to generate a new game using the same materials.

About Joe Stevens:

I am the Wine Man. My philosophy and lifestyle are to carry out the algorithm found within the original Wine Games program, functioning as a set of instructions suggesting further work. As a self-professed artist, athlete and academic I produce visuals, performances and writings in various combinations. After graduating with an MA in Interactive Media from Goldsmiths in 2007, my work has been included in exhibitions, opening events, residences and publications both at home and abroad.

Recent relevant projects (all 2017) include The Rough Sketches Project: Dystopian Realities in London, which was produced by 3s A Crowd and hosted by Ugly Duck.  Us and Them #10: Sk(In) Too Deep in Leicester for Tetrad Collective at Attenborough Arts Centre. The Playful Escape in London with Antidote at Deptford Lounge and Provocative Pedagogies at the University of Lincoln. At all of these events, I presented a version of the same work: Game of Utopia.

www.wineworld82.wordpress.com

www.twitter.com/winegames82

www.youtube.com/utility82

 

Courtesy of David Wilson Clarke

Photo courtesy of David Wilson Clarke.

 

 


Remember:

OPENLAB sessions are open to any performers: dancers, musicians, actors and anyone interested in presence and awareness in performance.

The facilitators of OPENLAB are also participants “in” the session and participants can propose their ideas for a future session. If you’d like to know more about this, come to one of our sessions or email Antonio de la Fe (antonio.delafeguedes@gmail.com).

The sessions function on a pay-what-you-can contribution basis to cover expenses and as an incentive for the facilitator of the session. We suggest a £7 contribution for the 3-hour long sessions (‘Facilitated OL’ sessions).

Chisenhale Dance Space
64-84 Chisenhale Road
London
E3 5QZ

Season 6, Sessions 10 & 11: ‘White Canvas’ and “EYE LIE RESEARCH” – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Valeria Caboi.

12517021_10207944935483265_880115628_o

And OPENLAB‘s Spring Term continues.

Our next OPENLAB will be a ‘White Canvas’ session; Friday 2 February 2018, 10 AM-12 PM at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.

Our next ‘Facilitated OL’ session will take place on Friday 9 February 2018 and it will be with Valeria Caboi: EYE LIE RESEARCH, a three-hour long session, 10 AM-1 PM, also at CDS’s Reseach Studio

EYE LIE RESEARCH

This proposal is based on the EYE LIE research conducted by performer and dance teacher Valeria Caboi, around the reactions of the human body when the sense of sight is neglected. The main aim is to explore the perception of sound, touch, space, gravity and the relation with other’s bodies without the use of sight. Participants will be asked to stay with eyes closed or blindfolded for most of the time, but also to observe and to give verbal inputs to others sometimes. Unsighted attendants are welcome and strongly encouraged to participate.

The EYE LIE research is based on exercises that mix visual art learning techniques, architecture and the perceptual learning of contemporary dance and physical theatre. It encourages dancers to create images and drawings in the space with their own body, living imaginary and coloured maps in the air. This way of exploring movement is influenced and inspired by Gaga Technique, Release, Contact Improvisation and the Laban Method.

2 - eye lie picture2


Remember:

OPENLAB sessions are open to any performers: dancers, musicians, actors and anyone interested in presence and awareness in performance.

The facilitators of OPENLAB are also participants “in” the session and participants can propose their ideas for a future session. If you’d like to know more about this, come to one of our sessions or email Antonio de la Fe (antonio.delafeguedes@gmail.com).

The sessions function on a pay-what-you-can contribution basis to cover expenses and as an incentive for the facilitator of the session. We suggest a £7 contribution for the 3-hour long sessions (‘Facilitated OL’ sessions).

Chisenhale Dance Space
64-84 Chisenhale Road
London
E3 5QZ

 

About Emma Zangs and about her Facilitated OL, “Bodies & Machines,” on Friday 19 January

machines_bodies 115

In an age where Big Data and AI are invading our personal space and our bodies, is there any data left that we own? Is our body the last place that is truly ours? Or do we need to surrender that we do not own our body anymore?

I am Emma Zangs, choreographer, performer, movement and communication coach. I am facilitating the OPENLAB on Friday 19 January and proposing to explore these questions and coming up with more questions, thoughts and reflections around data we collect from our bodies.

Being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2012, I started using a range of devices to manage my health. I realised that it changed the perception of myself. Data and numbers are constantly running in the back of my mind even while being asleep. Throughout the years I realised that analysing data could take many forms and that there was not one method and not one to use constantly. I tested many different ways of managing, calculating, planning, forecasting and I discovered a spectrum.

Logic ⟷ Intuition

The logical analysis is factual. I look at the number, calculate what I eat, how long I ran/will run for, walk or when next am I going to eat, weight my food, google the carbohydrate amount; and this gives me a sort of logical answer.

The intuitive analysis is felt. I look at the number, does that feel right? Is it going to change soon, or stay stable for a while? Look at my food and guess how much carbohydrate it contains, feel if my sugar levels are lowering or getting higher; then, I adjust my medication.

The intuitive analysis is as good as the logical analysis. I get similar end results on my health, so I decided to try to play with both.

The intuitive analysis is easier for me because my life has no routines. The logical analysis works extremely well when you know exactly your moves for the next 24 hours – when you know what you will have for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is a thought-through method and you know quicker the mistakes you’ve made or the decisions to take.

The spectrum of logic and/vs. intuition is what I am bringing to the OPENLAB. What is logic and what is felt? What is objective and what subjective? What do we retain and what do we leave behind?

I have never worked on this topic before, I am bringing my personal experience into the studio for people to play, explore and hopefully discovery other aspects of themselves in their performance practice.

My creative process includes improvisation, meditation, tuning into what the body needs, wants to do, allowing movement, listening to thoughts, letting it happen, giving space to emotions, being in flow, present, taking movements from Youtube videos, from other choreographers and sometimes letting them know. I use text and video if needed. It happens in a studio, in a kitchen, in an office, in a corridor… 

I graduated from Trinity Laban MA Choreography in 2011, since then co-created the artistic and entrepreneurial duo Marquez&Zangs, and co-founded Metaspeech a consultancy that brings body language into large and small businesses. I now work as a freelance choreographer, performer, coach and I am part of the Sadler’s Wells Summer University Programme (2014-18)

Bodies & Machines – Friday 19 January 2018, 10 am-1 pm.

Season 6, Session 9: “Bodies & Machines” – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Emma Zangs.

machines_bodies 114

OPENLAB sessions are back from the Winter Break.

Our next session will be a ‘Facilitated OL’ on Friday 19 January 2018 with Emma Zangs: Bodies & Machines, 10 AM-1 PM at Chisenhale Dance Space‘s Research Studio.

Bodies & Machines

In an age where Big Data and AI are invading our personal space and our bodies, is there any data left that we own? Is our body the last place that is truly ours? Or do we need to surrender that we do not own our body anymore?

After having diagnosed with diabetes type 1 six years ago, choreographer and movement coach Emma Zangs uses two devices that gather data constantly to monitor her health. During the OPENLAB she will explore what it means to track our bodies data, device vs. intuition, listening, measuring, tracking for what?

She’s interested in exploring the following questions:

  • How are we perceiving our bodies pre-tracking and post-tracking?
  • Is data analysis subjective?
  • Can tracking our personal data help us or restrict us?
  • What dance, performance has to do with it?

machines_bodies 115

 


Remember:

OPENLAB sessions are open to any performers: dancers, musicians, actors and anyone interested in presence and awareness in performance.

The facilitators of OPENLAB are also participants “in” the session and participants can propose their ideas for a future session. If you’d like to know more about this, come to one of our sessions or email Antonio de la Fe (antonio.delafeguedes@gmail.com).

The sessions function on a pay-what-you-can contribution basis to cover expenses and as an incentive for the facilitator of the session. We suggest a £7 contribution for the 3-hour long sessions (‘Facilitated OL’ sessions).

Chisenhale Dance Space
64-84 Chisenhale Road
London
E3 5QZ

OPENLAB sessions after the Winter Break – Spring Term 2018.

OL_Spring18 w: water mark

After the Winter Break OPENLAB will be back for a packed Spring Term.

The term will kick off on Friday 5 January with a ‘White Canvas’ session and it will continue with a programme alternating both ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL‘ sessions.

The final dates with the line-out for the Spring Term sessions will be announced in early January. For now, we are glad to announce that the spring OL Facilitators will be:

Valeria Caboi, who will bring her EYE LIE research.

Joe Stevens, and his Game of Utopia paper games.

Emma Zangs, who will facilitate Bodies and Machines.

Until then, OPENLAB will be taking a break during the Winter and New Year’s Festivities. We hope you too will have a restorative and cosy break.


What’s OPENLAB?

OPENLAB is a model for professional self-development for performers devised Antonio de la Fe. It hosts open sessions for anyone interested in a shared space for performance practice. In this way, OPENLAB could be understood as a co-working space for performers. At the same time, OPENLAB proposes a frame of work that revolves around a basic question: what does ‘to perform’ entail?

OPENLAB’s model is fluid: always changing, always open to dialogue within the group. OPENLAB sessions are developed by a constantly changing group of people. Any person can join the group at any time according to the personal needs and circumstances. Each member of the group may use these sessions the best way they suit them. Generally, the members of the group are artists interested in performance, movement, the body and in the actions the body can deploy as an artistic medium.

What’s the difference between ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL‘ sessions?

In the Spring Term, OPENLAB will continue alternating between ‘White Canvas’ sessions and ‘Facilitated OL‘ sessions.

‘White Canvas’ sessions don’t have an outspoken facilitator or pre-decided theme. However, for this term we will aim to have a participant in the studio that will serve as an anchor for other participants who may feel they need it. Participants may still be responsible for their own time in the studio but this time they’ll have not only the support from doing it with others but also the support from the anchor person. The possibility for ad lib exchange within the group is also always there. ‘White Canvas’ sessions are 2-hour long. For our first ‘White Canvas’ after the New Year Antonio de la Fe will be in the studio as anchor.

‘Facilitated OL‘ are sessions with a theme and a facilitator guiding the group throughout.

WITCHDANCING after AFTERMATHS (Charlie Ashwell’s own re-tracing of her ‘Facilitated OL’ session on Friday 23 November 2017)

On the 24th November, I led a 3 hour workshop called WITCHDANCE at Chisenhale Dance Space as part of Openlab. This writing came from the task to write continuously for 10 minutes, with the following 3 principles in mind:

– Whatever you write already exists

– Everything you write matters

– Go with what you will

(Thanks to Antonio for posting his own traces of the workshop and prompting me to post mine.)

Here’s what I wrote:

Perhaps.

Flailing. Flute music fruitioning.

Ha lala la la

Like a song

from paradise park papers

Breaking ice open and paper mache-ing the crafty fox from Mile End Cyrus Cyprus tube station.

The woman driving the tube wears leather trousers. Her dinner still weighs a ton.

She’s pregnant.

Pause.

Lightyears away, a small frog, visible only to the ahuman eye nudges a gem of a rock, covered in moss, with his word wide webbed appendage.

Footnote: this is not frantic.

Nature has changed and we’ve democratically elected a square foot of moss as our leader. Bleed me dry later on the gorey details.

Do what you will.

Elect who you will.

Who do you actually will, though? Who even is that guy?

Right left right left, legible, left-leaning social democrat algae pills: you keep forgetting to take them and instead always go for…

Breathe. Green juice, green pond, green fingers, green bra, green bread. Just tear it off, it won’t kill you.

Things are piling piling piling opening opening opening doors and more doors

And no-one’s there.

Jelly contains beef.

Floor contains rubber.

Stomach contains bacteria, without which you, yes you, would not be here leading people towards fruity existences and those other words you never bothered to pick, no, look up.

Cram-berry.

Last minute hoo hoo hoo

People writing stuff without even spell-checking. Fingers go to Sunday school in Polly Pocket’s living room but only every other Sunday. The other Sunday they just sunbathe.

Getting rid of clutter. Open both windows and doors before you leave. Calamity. Jane or Joan or Juan.

(Taken from Channelling Writing, a post from Charlie Ashwell’s blog on Tuesday 12 December 2017: https://charlieashwell.tumblr.com/post/168476727723/channelling-writing. Retrieved on Friday 15 December 2017.)