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Collaborative Music Creation
Karst de Jong
COLLABORATIVE MUSIC CREATION: leading conservatory students in musical creation processes
This research is about the development of active autonomous creativity among conservatory students in classical departments. In this exposition I will discuss the nature of collaborative creation processes, and critically investigate my own role as a coach and facilitator of these processes in order to better understand how ideas are being generated, developed and ultimately shaped into a performed piece. The investigation will be illustrated with a selected number of projects I have been involved in during the years 2017-2020.
Silence surrounds us, and silence around us
What does silence mean to us now? The silence surrounds us with sound phenomena. We recognise the silence in our living space through hearing. We silently recognise its subjectivity and objectivity day by day. Silence can give us many different meanings, such as distance, coldness, or loneliness. The research question as the starting point for this artistic research is, "What can we see around us in this silence? ". This research question focuses on common sense and the habits of contemporary life. If creativity helps us, how far is the change necessary in the research context of a common space?
Agential Matter (Invisible Landscapes)
Agential Matter (Invisible Landscapes) was carried out as research fellowship of the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, and in affiliation with The Art Academy, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design at the University of Bergen.
The project examines performativity of algae, objects and bodies in instances of observation in scientific research, industrial production and artistic encounter, related to kelp forests along the Norwegian Coast. The spaces of investigation are seen as sites of social practice, and performativity as an ongoing dialogue between different parts involved, with matter as an important actant in spaces of transformation.
CHOREOGRAPHIC NATURE. A DISTANCED LOOK TOWARDS MOVEMENT (DANCE MOVIE 'NON-BREAKING SPACE' (2021) | ESSAY)
NON-BREAKING SPACE is a dance movie revealing the vulnerability of creation process to its context when questioning the nature of movement and looking at choreography through a zoomed-out lens. Thirteen minutes lasting continuous floating in sound, colour, shape and time starts with an impulse of a meandering line through drawing and of a floating thought through text imposing the interconnectedness and shared choreographic characteristics. The movie continues with moving mass, however, maintaining a distanced look towards movement.
Material Words for Voicing Dancers (Appendix VII)
This is the seventh appendix to my doctoral thesis: Material Words for Voicing Dancers. The thesis stems from practice-led research that has investigated the role of voicing (both linguistic and non-linguistic sound) in improvisatory dance-based performance practices. My research is rooted in the pedagogies of three independent practitioners — Ruth Zaporah (US), Julyen Hamilton (UK/ES) and Billie Hanne (BE) — which took place intermittently between 2012 and 2017 in Spain, Belgium and the UK. Reference is made to pedagogical processes and Instant Composition performance practice, as well as the my own artistic performance experiments and outcomes, to draw out the figure of a voicing dancer. The analysis considers: 1) how a dancer might ‘access’ feeling for voicing, taking a somatically-oriented approach that also utilises my experience as a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method; 2) how voicing can be ‘arranged’ in a compositional environment with objects; 3) how voicing is amplified for performance in an enlivened acoustic space drawing on theatre aurality. Working through these stages (‘accessing’, ‘arranging’ and ‘amplifying’) aims to discern and differentiate the way voicing and dancing can be considered a potentially unified but situated act, as well as offer an analytical model for researching such practices. I argue that to describe such practice in terms of ‘embodied voice’ is limited and I use Tim Ingold’s relational ontology, and particularly his notion of ‘ensoundedness’, as a foundation for expanding the terms of engagement. I suggest that ‘voicing-and-listening’ can more fully account for how voicing(s) are produced by dancers in a studio and performance environment. Reference is made to my own artistic performance experiments and outcomes that have attempted to extend the research. The performance documents that stem from this are housed in this digital appendix.
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