New continent of thought, do you read me?
Wednesday June 11th at 11h – 14h.
a.pass – 4th floor
Invitation to gather the concepts/fetish objects/questions/ideas/ghosts that obsess and possess you on that very morning.
Translation and materialisation of the those with the tools which will be provided, will serve as raw material for building up a space for their habitat.
Proposing to see and experience this space as a virtual temple, there are three stages of the collective practice:
a body exercise which discovers the path to ones own virtual temple.
building up of the temple, and guiding a tour through it.
leaving the virtual temple.
The journey to/through/out of the temple would be conceived as a virtual pilgrimage, and these three stages will be experienced through a collective moment.
-reaching a metaphorical death and resurrecting from a tabula rasa in order to enter the temple.
-defining the borders of the virtual temple,
-exploration of the virtual temple and introducing the documents that define it,
-showing the experience of going through it,
-positioning one’s role inside of the structure (anti-structure or hyper-structure).
Following the three-fold structure of the pilgrimage, the virtual temple would represent liminal phase of one own’s research, a space of transgression, a threshold between previous way of structuring and understanding own’s identity, time, space or community and the new way of doing so.
Betwixt and between them, it transforms into the place of conflict.
-congregation of the new identity,
In each of the three stages there is a codex of behaviour, or a regulation of performative expression.
1/ The Plan
The program of the workshop is explained to the participants in front of a projected image of a temple blue print. The different parts of the temple are described (the Antechamber, Chamber and Exterior) and three “paths” are proposed as a structure for the practice:
1/ the going in / entering
2/ being (in) the temple
3/ the going out / exiting / leaving the temple
2/ Energising the body / Charging the space with qualitative energy / Sounding Energy
-Rejuvenalising drinks are distributed to the participants. Participants can choose to drink water as well.
-A list of tasks is proposed to the participants:
-clearing the space mentally
-listening to the space / looking at the space differently
-entering the space ( a qualitative entering / with an intention)
-finding the “antichamber” of a virtual temple
-finding the specific moves of/in the virtual temple
-everybody on the floor follows energetic exercises
-vocalisations redistributing energy
-vocalisation from letter to letter (which letters?)
-standing up / energizing the body / blood circulation activated
-opening arms / holding the position / energy out
-end / leaving the space
3/ Singular temples
The procedure to build up a temple is explained to the participants.
The proposal is that each of them builds a singular temple in relation with ‘what possesses them’.
What ‘possession’ means in this context : the preoccupation in relation with one’s research.
The participants are invited to actualise their thoughts into the creation of a ‘space’, a ‘temple’.
What ‘temple’ means in this context : a specific space, a drawing, an action, a collaboration with a certain transgressive quality, a space for transformations, a threshold leading to a metamorphosis or change.
The participants work individually for an hour.
The participants, one after each other, propose a version of their temple.
Whispers politely a question into the ear of each person and they have have a short moment of interaction.
A drawing/blue print of the façade and structure of the temple is presented and commented.
The drawing stands for mapping her research procedure and content.
She explains to the group assembled close to her that her temple is in a form of a bag.
She illustrate by showing a paper bag that she created with paper and straples.
She describes the functionalities of the bag/temple.
The participants, after a short moment of soft interactive series of touch, lie down on the floor. Their heads are oriented towards the centre and touch.
They speak low voice for a while and then dissolve the circle.
-a collective practice : sit in a circle, the participants imagine sounds, rythms and words and then perform them together. They have to maintain their singularity despite being in common.
-He explains with the help of painted drawings three different kind of chaos.
She presents a game for several players, it is proposed to pick a character and interact with other players.
Participants are invited to cover the upper part of their bodies under a shared large black fabric. They are all oriented towards the center, laying on the floor, all looking at an enigmatic hand placed above their heads..