July 2013 Blog Posts (16)

Videos from"In the Presence of a 'Stranger' Methodology" residency

That the forms and threads we worked with continued in Catherine's dreamworld does speak to the depth of meaning and possible connections that began to surface in our work at the ABR studio. Thanks for sharing that dream with us Catherine. The abrupt ending that we had in our work together does not feel like a complete ending. The abruptness might speak to the individual work we have all headed back into.

I too feel interdisciplinary as the space inbetween the disciplines and I am…

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Added by Barbara Bickel on July 31, 2013 at 4:12pm — No Comments

Creating a 'Life': Imagescape and Spacetimes for Interdisciplinarity

Having had three and half days together in Carbondale, IL, going over the experiences, blogposts, and videos of the residency, we thought to do a spontaneous short dialogue:

M: I've a strong sense, upon reflection, and reading some of Erin Manning's writing on participatory art, that we didn't so much create an art piece, although the circle shape on the floor could be interpreted as a site-specific installation, it seems we created a contour of possibilities for participation of not…

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Added by Barbara Bickel on July 28, 2013 at 3:34pm — 1 Comment

Tracings of Leave-taking

Similar to when I tape a labyrinth to the floor of my studio or various residency spaces, my last task, as part of my preparing to leave the space, is to pull the tape up from the floor. This is an important ritual for me to engage in consciously, as a way to lift myself out of a space I have creatively inhabited, to bring closure to the work and the space, and to assist my transition into the next space...whatever that space may be.

Despite knowing this, part of me wanted to forget…

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Added by Barbara Bickel on July 28, 2013 at 2:18pm — No Comments

closing circle dance

To close the co-inquiry into interdisciplinarity Michael suggested we do a final performative interaction. Catherine and I created thread props (pom poms) to perform with and began to spontaneously engage with the tape-drawn form on the studio floor. Each of us brought in different perspectives and energies to the dance with the threads, the circle and each other. Michael wit(h)nessed the performance from skype. We recorded it and I am attaching some stills. We envision the 4 recorded…

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Added by Barbara Bickel on July 23, 2013 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Topological Fascinations of Inter-Transdisciplinary Arts-Led Praxis

The following organic drawing (white colored pencil on black foam core 3.5" X 6") has accompanied me throughout the entire ABER studio residency. It has wit(h)nessed some inside formative unknowing known of what I could not put in discursive text. The drawing evolved each day after experiences in the studio, from my virtual position on skype...…

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Added by R. Michael Fisher on July 23, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

expanding models of interdisciplarity

We had a rich conversation with Pauline Sameshima yesterday. She is a junior Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Inquiry at Lakehead University and involved in many fascinating interdisciplinary projects through the lab. She shared her model of parallaxic praxis (attached here) of interdisciplinary methods. The addition of the threads that are impacted by human interaction in the center of the nexus of the emergent form on the ABR studio floor came forward as another significant…

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Added by Barbara Bickel on July 23, 2013 at 12:48pm — No Comments

expanding models of interdisciplarity

We had a rich conversation with Pauline Sameshima from Lakehead University yesterday. She shared her model of parallaxic praxis (attached here) of interdisciplinary methods. The addition of the threads that are impacted by human interaction in the center of the nexus of the emergent form on the ABR studio floor came forward as another significant dimension/aspect to an interdisciplinary model to work with. In addition we spoke of the importance of the presence of play, agreements (rules)…

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Added by Barbara Bickel on July 23, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Negotiating Different 'Strangers': Languages & Aesthetics of Interdisciplinarity

I have noticed the stark contrasting spaces of the ABER studio of light (classroom) and dark (performance stage) and the threshold we may or may not wish to cross. As we had a group of enthusiastic learners join us in discussion of our paper on aesthetic wit(h)nessing and other work they and we were doing, I was aware we were all sitting in the light side (classroom) and none of us traversed into the dark side. There is such a different aesthetic to where we locate our learning and coming…

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Added by R. Michael Fisher on July 22, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Working all planes, all dimensions of interdisciplanarity as a welcomed stranger

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Three full days at the studio. This weekend I spent time watching the videos of our spontaneous performances with the taped drawing on the black studio floor. Catherine and I have explored the interdisciplinary challenges that are in and are coming…

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Added by Barbara Bickel on July 21, 2013 at 11:48am — No Comments

Aesthetic Wit(h)nessing: Embodying Virtual Collaboration

Catherine's last posting of photos from the residency give some interesting ghostly images of this being on a computer screen, which during the first two days of working together was projected up on the studio screen in a larger than life 'Wizard of Oz' kind of image (from Carbondale, IL near 3000 km away). As I was able to watch myself on my home computer on a big screen and as part of the movement work Barbara and Catherine were doing on the floor, it left me with several impressions, not…

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Added by R. Michael Fisher on July 20, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Some Photos from Today's Work and Talk

And some extras for Michael!

They reminded me of your drawing from yesterday- multiple layers of light and movement and form. 

Added by Catherine on July 19, 2013 at 11:28pm — No Comments

In the Presence of a 'Stranger' Methodology: A Co-Inquiry into Interdisiciplinarity at the ABR studio

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We are exploring with all art forms and those that come in the afternoon are welcome to bring their research into the co-inquiry.

Note if you are coming to the Studio we are working to keep it a scent free space to…

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Added by Barbara Bickel on July 19, 2013 at 10:25am — No Comments

Weaving Threads of Interconnection

The process with Barbara and Michael was so intriguing yesterday that I came back today. Through the figure we made on the ground and through moving with it and the conversation that arose out of it, I have a whole new way of approaching my dissertation that makes more sense to me. I was struggling within disciplinary constraints, but this circle or wheel with spokes and threads and multiple dimensions coming into and out of the center allowed me to go beyond my discipline, Anthropology, and…

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Added by Catherine on July 18, 2013 at 9:51pm — No Comments

Shamanic 'Spirits' of Interdisciplinary Practices

Catherine, Barbara and I continued working in the ABR studio today, spending a good deal of time reflecting on the process as Catherine is finding a lot of useful metaphors and meaning frames for her dissertation which involves shamanic dance practices of Mongolian people's and alternative parallel dimensions of reality, as she brings in new physics, with shamanism, dance, and Barbara in this picture adding a spontaneous morning performance to the sacred image Catherine created the day…

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Added by R. Michael Fisher on July 18, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Stranger Danger of Interdisciplinarity: Emergent Forms

Thanks to the emergent collaborative studio work of Barbara Bickel and Catherine Kmita, doctoral student of UofA Anthropology,

I wit(h)nessed a stranger methodology than ever, which included viewing in from Carbondale, IL on skype, projected on the screen while they worked out a sacred form in ritual spontaneous manner on the floor with tape and threads, all part of what Catherine brought from her field and academic studies of dance and shamanism in peoples from Mongolia. I've…

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Added by R. Michael Fisher on July 17, 2013 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

In the Presence of a 'Stranger' Methodology: A Co-Inquiry into Interdisiciplinarity at the ABR studio

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I am now at the ABR Studio.First day of this co-inquiry with R. Michael Fisher who is here virtually. Others can join in virtually on skype by contacting me at barbarabickel (my skype name). Let me know you are part of the ABR Studio.

Its great to be in…

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Added by Barbara Bickel on July 17, 2013 at 1:56pm — No Comments

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