Dynamic Forms: Histories, Concepts, Techniques
A research-creation workshop organised by Toni Pape, Alanna Thain, and Diego Gil, 31 May-1 June, 10-17 hrs. e-lab (BG1, room 0.16).
The notion of form needs to be revisited. For most aesthetic theories of the 20th century, particularly those of a structuralist tradition, form is static and finite, the formed. It becomes clear, however, that such conceptions are insufficient in the wake of digital technologies and new findings in the study of perception: 3D modeling allows architectural designs to “animate form” (Lynn). Participatory art practices entangle numerous micro-techniques to sustain intricate event ecologies. Media reanimate their own history and produce sensuous audiovisual anarchives. Choreography engages with kinesthetic relations across bodies and environments at the potential level for actual cross-modal transfer. All of these contemporary practices go beyond form as a fixed, concrete shape. They harness the elasticity and mobility of materials and perception over time.
In this two-day workshop, we want to begin experimenting with concepts and techniques of dynamic form. Here's the little bit of prep work we invite you to do if you want to attend:
- Do the reading from Susanne K. Langer's Form and Feeling. (Download text here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wy5k5393kr70x2d/Langer_ch.4_Semblance.pdf?dl=0)
- Bring a short proposition (a thought, a question, a quotation, a practice) to share.
- Bring an example of a dynamic form. (Don't worry too much about "presenting" it. We'll engage with the examples in one of the workshop sessions.)
The purpose of this workshop is to bring aesthetic thinking and making into a productive encounter, to start a collective conversation and experiment. We would like to see this workshop extend into a longer research-creation project on dynamic forms and an edited collection around the issue.
If you’d like to participate with a proposition, please let us know by e-mailing email@example.com before May 22.
Preliminary plan for the workshop:
- reading session on dynamic form (We will read from Susanne K. Langer's Feeling and Form.)
- movement exercise
- workshop session "Mapping concepts of dynamic form"
- workshop session "Techniques of dynamic form"
- workshop session "(Re)animating dynamic forms"