The ARTS IN THE ALPS PERFORMANCE LABORATORY aims to cross fertilise UGA’s performing arts, geography-urban studies and computer science communities to produce innovative performance as research (PAR1) (Nelson 2013, Riley & Hunter 2009). This new interdisciplinary community of 41 academics will allow the development of cutting edge art research, digital documentation, performance literacy tools and innovative forms of material and immaterial heritage. This will push the very boundaries of the scientific disciplines themselves, both methodologically and epistemologically, and in turn, create a new pluridisciplinary ecosystem at CUGA2. The aim is to align ourselves with the ways in which PAR is practised internationally and to draw on and develop UGA’s body-society-technology (BST) expertise in performance. This will reframe the way in which fieldwork in performance, geography and computer science at UGA is practiced, produced and disseminated. Organised as three Work Packages (WP), each will maintain a tensional relation between the representational, the non-representational and the experiential aspects of performance making processes and productions. These Work Packages are:
WP1: Performance as Research Observatory
This WP will focus on the ontological, epistemological and methodological questions that arise from the transposition of PAR from the arts to social sciences (more specifically geography and urban studies) and computer science and back again. One of the underpinning questions is: How will we define the polysemic body across disciplines?
WP2: The stage as site, the virtual and the physical
Performance dramaturges and computer scientists will experiment with digital documentation techniques in theatrical contexts. Together researchers will address issues of real time capture, indexation and analysis of live performance asking:
To what extent does the virtual stage (media, mobiles, etc) shift the very notion of dramaturgy (weaving of actions) and documentation itself?
WP3: Mapping movement across bodies, spaces and communities
We will draw on the geography and urban planning’s expertise in public space, performance’s approach to the kinaesthetic and choreographic and computer science’s capacity to capture and create multi-representational documentation prototypes of bodies in motion.
Designed as a continuum, WP1 will analyse, contextualise and interact the outcomes from the PAR experiments in WP2 and WP3. The results will include innovative open source archives of performance in terms of creative process, analysis and documentation.
1 Also known as Practice as Research (PaR)
2 The C describes the extended community of UGA, such as institutional members: ESAD
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