EXPLORATORIUM 

(2020)

Artistic team: 

Solveig Laland Mohn

Annette Brandanger

Working with movement, visual art and voice

Exploring and investigating how our artistic work can make a trace. 

The idea is based on a project which already exist and has been touring for some time. The idea of the concept emerged from the accumulation of experiences and feedback received when out on tour, and we wanted to continue to experiment to find new forms of expression. We wanted to do this in collaboration between artists and youth. Both artists and participants where given the space and time to indulge into the work, being curious and creative. 

 

We wanted to find ways to equate the movement, the voice and the artwork. We processed several methods and ideas on how to do this. We worked on text development, drawing, improvisation, choreography, tune in, trust, reflection, auto writing.

Constantly looking for those connections, the link between. 

 

Looking for the course of the work, actions, meeting points, and potential new expressions. All points of interest that triggers further thinking and development. Due process more methods has developed

  • chalk, drawing the elongations, connecting to the paper

  • Moving a painting

  • sketch movement

  • Interpret abstract expression from body to voice

 

 

Meeting the participants (age 10-18) also sett off several discoveries. We identified a difference between the introvert and ekstrovert individual. This worked attracted the subtle voice, the work gives space to think slowly and dig deeper. Individuals who are more likely to jump into action and grab an opportunity found this work, perhaps a bit too revealing and personal. We experienced the need of attention and reassurance. They themselves expressed it as being embarrassed.

Though these differences does not surprise me, I was astonished how visible the difference was, and how it developed over the week. 

 

One of our main goals, while working with youth is to create a safe space for further and deeper exploration. The first week we partially succeeded. The main issue was sharing the work with confidence in front of an audience. During the process we decided to make the process more transparent and inclusive. We made the collaboration between us as artists and the youth more honest and real, and gave the youth more choices. This had a positive effect, and the second week the sharing had a better flow and was much more dynamic.

 

Moving a painting

This was an experiment where we wanted to explore our options on how to move with paint.

We prepared the stage with paper, and made plans for how to exit after the work.

Now all was set to get messy and indulge into the paint.

The participants had brought their own clothes that they could paint on without getting worried.

 

Our expectations was to experience slight chaos, loads of energy and excitement. First the participants where encourage to talk about their expectations from the experience. They mentioned the same, chaos, paint everywhere, loads of fun.

When we started the reality was very different. The participants where reluctant to dive into the work, they expressed that this was not allowed. Using their body to paint was not something they where supposed to do.

We needed to create a better framework of methods and tools to create an even safer space to invite the participants into this "wild" experience. Indulge into body, paint and expression.

This experiment was particularly interesting and it was great to have two weeks with two different groups to work on. The development was steep.  

 

The process has given us great ideas on how to encounter this work. The equal encounter. The process has also given us some ideas on what part the audience might have.

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