In Studio Conversations your own knowledge as a dance practitioner creates the site of discourse. As the dance artist, you meet a conversation host in a dance studio. You are provided with a simple palette of materials and respond to prompts and questions given to you by your conversation partner. You take c. 30 min to be with the questions, in the space with the materials provided, and consider your artistic experience in relation to the prompts. Then the conversation partner(s) come into the newly shifted space, asking questions, experiencing details – engaging with the nuances of the spatialization you have created. Some days after the conversation, you receive an audio recording and transcript for redaction, and return it to the conversation partner.
After the conversation is over and the transcript is done, sometimes,
The host and their fellow researchers will create objects that hold your conversation or stand in for it.
Sometimes they will create poems from the transcripts.
Sometimes they will create monsters – mixing different transcripts.
Sometimes they make drawings.
They will almost never create video recordings of the studio conversation you had.
Out of respect for wandering and lost thoughts, for blurring, skipping, spilling….
Out of respect for mixing things up, and for what’s left in the dark, the researchers only publish scraps and partialities.
This partialness of the documentation to the conversations is a principle.