WORKSHOPS

Relational Listening 

This workshop explores listening techniques between performers. Together, we will investigate a seemingly simple task: listening to and relating with a variable click-track.  As performers your challenge is not to follow, nor to anticipate the pulse. Instead, we ask that you attend to your unstable temporal relationship with the click track, such that you have agency to assemble and adapt the rhythmic textures that emerge between your actions and the media. This training process is highly structured and repetitive, and involves breathing, tapping, weight shifting, and eventually movement exploration, as a means to confront conventions and habits derived from disciplinary training.

Our approach to relational listening is being developed as part of a long-term research and creation project with heart rate sensors in dance, music, and installation performance (https://iii-iii-iii.org/).  Having come heart-to-heart with the unpredictability of biosignals, we chose to embrace the potential of electrocardiograms to trouble reductive correlations between bodies and biodata, as well as conceptions of linear (clock) time in performance. The computer-generated click-track in this workshop exaggerates the erratic electrical behavior of the human heart, allowing us to investigate the variable interval between each pulse, as well as the interval between each pulse versus our prediction of its arrival; in this uncertain window of expectation, we move asynchronously, into uncertainty.

Facilitators: Teoma Naccarato and John MacCallum
Duration: The workshop session can last from 1 hour to 1 week
Participants: This training can be adapted for participants with diverse backgrounds and disciplines, or for a specialised group of performers in music and dance.

Recent & Upcoming Relational Listening Workshops:

Conference of Dance and Somatic Practices
Center for Dance Research, Coventry University, UK
July 7, 2017

Cloud/DansLab, The Hague
February 16, 2017

Roehampton University
November 12-13, 2016


Intersections in Music, Movement, and Technology

This multi-day workshop explores methodologies for practice and creation at the intersection of music, movement, computation, and various sensing/actuating technologies. The goals of the workshop are twofold: firstly, to examine the implicit values that inform interaction with and appropriation of technology in artistic contexts; secondly, to generate strategies for working in collaboration with technology, and as collaborators across disciplines.  We propose a viewpoint that technology is not a mediator for interaction—something to be designed to suit a specific artistic goal—but is a collaborator with a frame of reference that must be thoughtfully considered as part of the discourse of the work.

The session will begin with the establishment of a theoretical framework for interaction design and collaboration through discussion, movement and music-based practices. Each participant will present current, past, or future work with the goal of generating multiple viewpoints regarding the intersection of each of these works within our established framework. We will then guide speculative work on these projects in order to reinvigorate our practices by illuminating those aspects of them that have become invisible through familiarity. Throughout, we will make use of the odot programming environment in Max/MSP, building on the concepts presented during the odot immersion course in the four days prior.

Facilitators: Teoma Naccarato and John MacCallum
Participants: This workshop is designed for people with a background in either music, movement, or interactive technology and a willingness to explore all three.
Duration: 2 days to 2 weeks

Recent & Upcoming Intersections Workshops:

Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)
University of California at Berkeley, USA
August 17-19, 2017