2. Koe materiaalien kanssa
Seuraavaksi ajattelin kokeilla performanssitaiteilija Marilyn Arsemin harjoitusta:
"EXPERIMENT WITH MATERIALS
This exercise is from my workshop Performance As Experiment. While we often make performances in order to illuminate something that we know, this workshop focuses on performance as a site of learning. The participants design actions whose outcomes are not known in advance, but rather are intended to discover something new.
Participants are asked to bring a material (not an object) to the workshop. It must be something that can be used more than once, manipulated, reconfigured, changed, taken apart, or reassembled, and that the participant is willing to let others use as well. The materials are displayed throughout the room.
• Sit with each material without touching it, and write down every question that you have about it.
• Reviewing your list, choose three materials that appeal most strongly to you.
• Read the questions you have written for those three materials, and underline the one that is most compelling, and seems most important to you now.
• Design a short experiment to do with the material that will allow you to discover the answer to your question.
• What did you expect to learn?
• What did you actually learn?
• What additional questions were generated in the process?
After doing your other two experiments:
• Write about the similarities and differences between your three experiments.
• What do they reveal about your interests?
• What do they reveal about your limits?
• What does that make you understand about yourself?
As performers we normally impose our own needs and uses on materials in service to an idea that we have already generated. But what happens when we consider the life of the materials in the world around us? What does their behavior say about ours? How do their timescales or rates of decay intersect with our own? Can we learn about our own lives when discovering something about theirs? What might it reveal about ourselves?
Further exercises in this workshop expand on this initial one, allowing us to use performance as a way to examine larger questions in our lives."
Marilyn Arsem: "Experiment with Materials" kirjassa PERFORMANCE ARTIST's WORKBOOK On teaching and learning performance art - essays and exercises toim. Pilvi Porkola (Taideyliopisto, 2017)