By somme034 on September 30, 2009 1:54 AM
The MIA Minneapolis Institute of Art. MIA: "Missing in Action." "Make Interesting Actions" "Many Ideas Interconnect" "My Itchy Armature" Remember you will have one hour to locate a work that's Gesture will be received and continue in an individual presentation the following week.(Oct. 8th) Be brave, let the gesture you create transport/push/inform itself to a place/action/thinking that will surprise you. You will also bring in your "Document" on Oct 8th to share with your collaborators.
By souha002 on September 29, 2009 8:24 AM
I especially enjoyed watching all of the performances and seeing how each group tackled the project. It was a good way to start off the collaborative thinking in my opinion since the limitations were so simple, it allowed each group to focus on the flow and learning how to best work together to create a performance. My group had amazing flow, we were having to shut down ideas by the end of it to keep it simplistic enough. After the discussion about gesture and flow I'm also looking forward to how people interpret art through physical gestures.
By nels6812 on September 24, 2009 11:20 AM
What is the art of collaboration? I know I have trouble coming up with ideas to explain the actual art of collaboraation itself. Collaboration is easily defined as two things coming together to form and create something different. The art of it is the actual way its put togther, the reason behind a project, and so on. As this class goes on I do believe that I will fully understand what the art of collaboration really is. It is still early in the year, and I will need a little time to help my ideas evolve and to start and understand the concept of art in collaboration.
By somme034 on September 23, 2009 10:02 PM
Next Thursday, October 1st, our class will meet in the lobby of the Minneapolis Art Institute (MIA).
You will use the first 1/2 of class time to travel from the West Bank to the MIA.
You may only use the Transit System (#2) or a bike. Please go on line for schedule and bus stop.
After we have met in the lobby you will have one hour to explore the collection. With the goal of locating a work that you respond to in an immediate way. You will then create a brief, simple gestural response to the work. After one hour we will regroup and share your gestural response with the work you have selected.
You will use the remaining class time to return to the West Bank.
This gestural response will culminate in an individual project the following week
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 11:3o-12:
30 or by appointment. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to
introductory course presents the characteristics and the challenges of
collaboration through representative approaches from the visual arts, music,
literature, media and theater. The course content is designed upon three
pillars: the collaborative space, flow and gesture. Through concrete
problematic situations, in class discussion, readings and proposed themes
students will work collaboratively to create a series of events/works to be
presented in class. The Art of Collaborationis a laboratory, a place to play,
inspire, question and fail. It is a platform to unlock personal images,and to cross boundaries. The class includes lectures by
guest artists as well as exploration of the cultural landscape of the Twin
objective is to make the students acquainted with the characteristics and
challenge of collaboration, to teach them the intellectual and behavioral
instruments of performing this art, specifically the installation and handling
of a collaborative space, the flow performance of a distributed identity, and the
communicative tools set forth by interdisciplinary exchange of ideas.
Participation: A willingness and readiness to participate, ask questions,
respond to idea, take a critical stance, to take risks, work collaboratively
and respect and support the thinking of others.
2: Attendance: is
mandatory for full participation. You must notify the instructor if you are
going to miss a class or expect to be late. For each unexcused absence (after
the allotted 2, please do not use them) your grade will be lowered ½ letter
assignments will be given periodically. It is expected you will read and be
prepared to discuss the reading at the next class.
4: There will be
three in-class performance projects exploring the forms and techniques as
discussed in the the lab. You will be given time inside class for project
development and creation but outside time may be expected.
-The work should demonstrate: preparation,
application of techniques and vocabulary explored in the class, with strong
specific choices, artistic focus and commitment.
-A short written self-evaluation will be due
after each performance; criteria for this will be discussed after each
5: Each student
will be required to keep a written record THE DOCUMENT; the criteria fort his
will be discussed in class.
6: The Final
A team will work to create and develop a final
project that will be presented the last day of class. Through the course of the
semester the students will develop and propose their idea.
not be tolerated and will lead to failure.
Weeks 1-5:Survey of Creative Collaboration
The Gesture: Playing and Making
Weeks 5-13: Practice and Critique of
The Collaborative Space and Flow
Weeks 14-15: Final
Pillar of Guerino Mazzola
The embodied pulsation between the
gesture of making, the processs, and the resulting facts.
Collaboration is spanned between the agents,
which jointly make the labor, the processes they instanciate in so doing, and
the resulting objects, facts, and works. We focus on the conceptual and
technical devices needed in order to control these three layers of embodiment
of knowledge production and their interplay. Collaboration must therefore
transcend the merely interdisciplinary objectives, it has to deal with a
different behavior in the making, in the communication between the agents, and
in the critique of the resulting works, which bounce back to their creators. We
shall typically exemplify this philosphy by examples from the world of jazz.
Pillar of Michael Sommers
The Body in Performance.
Students will explore the boundaries and intersections where multiple
art forms and practices converge. Students will collaborate to co-author and
co-create a series of works for in-class and public performance. Emphasis will
be on exploring the collaborative process and the possibilities of integrating
visual art, music, theatre and dance to create interdisciplinary and
collaborative thinking, art, and performance.
(1) Anne Bogart:
A Director Prepares 2001
Mazzola and Paul B. Cherlin: Flow, Gesture and Spaces in Free Jazz--Towards a
Theory of Collaboration. Springer, Heidelberg 2009
Sawyer: Group Creativity: Music, Theatre, Collaboration 2003
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