(foto: Connie Svabo)
I tirsdags havde jeg den store og også sjældne fornøjelse at være i selskab med repræsentanter for hele ‘fødekæden’ af performance-designere, da vi fejrede de nye færdige kandidater i Performance-design. Blandt de deltagende i dimissions-arrangementet var – udover dagens hovedpersoner, dimittenderne – såvel fagmodulstuderende, som kommende og igangværende specialestuderende, undervisere og kandidater, der har nogle år på bagen som aktive på arbejdsmarkedet. Det blev til en inspirerende udveksling af erfaringer og faglige perspektiver:
Maria Beydin og Linh Tuyet Le, som begge har afsluttet deres uddannelse inden for de seneste måneder, fortalte om deres specialearbejde. Maria gjorde os klogere på ‘immersive museumsudstillinger’ og deres (manglende) interesse i at medtænke brugen af skriftlige formidling i sådanne sanselige og opslugende koncepter. Samtidig beskrev hun valget af specialeemne som både interessebåret og som et resultat af et målrettet arbejde med at skabe sin egen faglige niche, i dette tilfælde naturvidenskabelig museumsformidling. Linh beskrev, hvordan hendes speciale udsprang af hendes egen praksis som danser, og hvordan udviklingen af bhuto-inspireret durational performance i det københavnske byrum var omdrejningspunktet for specialets analyse og refleksion. Nederst kan I læse mere om de to specialer.
Om Marias speciale: ”At dykke ned i en anden virkelighed: En undersøgelse af immersion i tekst og tekstens rolle i immersive udstillinger på naturhistoriske museer”
Engelsk resume: The purpose of this thesis is to contribute to the understanding of the possible role of exhibition texts in relation to the experience of immersion in immersive exhibitions at museums of natural history, as well as the understanding of how the theory on immersion in text can be used to examine these exhibitions. I base the thesis on a research approach understanding all artefacts as performative actors that affect and are affected by each other and can be examined through their interactions. I use autoethnography, coding, categorizing and performative writing as methods for collecting, condensing and communicating empirical data.
Using theory on immersive exhibitions and immersion in text, I design two models for analysis of the exhibitions Cocoon, Natural History Museum in London, and Evolution, Natural History Museum of Denmark. Through an analysis of both museums I find that the exhibition texts have the potential to both strenghten and weaken the experience of immersion in different ways, but specifically through creating a meaningful, coherent whole, dramatizing the content of the exhibition and creating a narrative process. I conclude that the concept of the narrative process, together with concepts from the theory of immersion, can be used as an extension to the theory on immersive exhibitions which can concretize the effects of specific elements of the exhibitions as well as widening the understanding of the particular experience of immersion in immersive exhibitions
Om Linhs speciale: “Et øjebliks singularitet: Undersøgelse af dansen som frigørende i det urbane rum gennem butoh-inspireret dans”.
Engelsk resume: In my thesis, I explore the potential of dance as liberating in correlation with the human relationship to urban spaces. Along with two other performers, I explore the city of Copenhagen through a butoh-inspired performance. Butoh is a Japanese dance form dating back to the 1950s, composed of elements moving hyper-slowly and abandoning the self: meaning moving away from the normative ideas of being a human and instead transforming oneself into one’s unconscious self. Drawing elements from butoh, I search to awaken my unconscious self and to move hyper-slowly in order to explore what emerges in my meeting with the city and in the situated. I am concerned with the following matters: Is it possible to undo the choreographed life and change the refrain through butoh-inspired dance? Most importantly: Henceforth, how can we practice in moving freely?
My approach to the field is viewed from a phenomenological perspective defined respectively by Edmund Husserl and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, with the notion that the relation between subject and the world is closely knitted. Alongside this rationality, I use autoetnography as my method when inhabiting the world and exploring movement and the multisensory environment.
In my analysis, I explore when and how I experience the urban space of Copenhagen as liberating or constrained when performing throughout the city through butoh-inspired dance.
I draw theories about dance as affirmative and liberating. Here, I refer to theories from dance theoretician André Lepecki’s ideas about the potential of dance as a singularity, and its potential to break free from the conditioned and choreographed life. As a supplement to Lepecki’s theories, I discuss Erin Manning’s theory about preacceleration and the potential in movement before actualization of the movement itself. Furthermore, I discuss the body’s capacity as power and possibility.
In conclusion, I determine that the immense potential in dance lies within bodies’ capacity to not only get affected but also affect other bodies and produce new refrains for everyday practices, movements, and experiences.
(Foto fra Linhs performance)