Restaurant O’Noir – meal and round table discussion in total darkness / Meeting of Senses and Imagination
In order to access new knowledge, to reinvent ourselves, to meet the “unknown” we need first to loose our points of reference. For this reason we chose the restaurant O’Noir as a perfect set up for the opening event of the Physical Lectures. Shared meal/lecture in total darkness is a symbolic and yet practical choice in order to experience our physical bodies while engaged in a process of thought. We wish to create a situation where open attention and sensorial perception become a source of knowledge. A meal/lecture in the dark will disorient us in order to redefine a new ways of perception and communication, will enable us to reexamine how we process information, and ultimately will root us in a sensual experience of our bodies while talking about the Body.
Tango- together while being always apart, only reaching, in constant collaboration.
Tango is a movement-based practice that problematizes the nostalgia for reaching among each other from the very premises of the body in movement and in relation. It is par excellence an improvisatory machine for complexified ways of conviviality. In Tango we have a one to one encounter, yet, we dance to the tragedies of existing together while being always apart, only reaching, in constant collaboration. Within this Physical Lecture Cluster we will engage the audience in a tango lesson at the Studio Tango Montreal, directed by guest artist/lecturer Bobby Thompson. Other invited speakers include Erin Manning, Silvy Fortin, Doug Van Nort, Alex Wilson, Hanoko Oshimi and Warwick Long. Participants will discuss while dancing with their in-turn partners which will keep changing at different time intervals. Every time we change partners there will be a small pause during which a question or a thought will be thrown to the dance floor, to motivate the following performative/conversational of the next tango encounter.
Pool - an experiential talk about and within the collective body
Through inviting participants to be immersed in a swimming pool, we choreograph the circumstances for experiencing what a collective body means and how it works. The immediate relation to others manifested by the matter that connects all of us - a living relationship between people that might be overlooked in our everyday lives - will become palpable in the water. Through the shift of our attention to the sensory registers, temperature (filled with meaning) sound (resonance, frequency and vibration) and tactility (being in a coherent and visible substance and experiencing all the forces and flows in between) will be emphasized in order to unfold our potential to inhabit a collective field. Our aim is to raise questions about action and participation through the notions of: resistance of the body and its political affects; private / public spaces, complexification of the categories of gender, beauty, the limits and borders of the body. While talking about, within, and in between bodies, we wish to create a virtual mindfield for a shared somatic experience.
Labo Culinaire - Cooking - A physical exploration of the collaborative process.
This event is designed around the preparation of a meal and how the practice of cooking acts as a metaphor for the collaborative process. Cooking, the most ancient art of transmutation has become, over a quarter of a million years, an unremarkable, domestic practice. However within the framework of this everyday exercise, things perish, transform, and nourish other things in much the same way as they do within the context of an artistic practice. Tied to the senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste and the "sixth sense" of refined intuition, the group preparation of food mirrors the collaborative process and illustrates the influence it can have upon an artist’s creative process.