SPA(E)CIOUS PRESENT, Dynamics of collective and individual experiences of space and duration within specious present, adopting technologies for enhancing audience engagement, while producing forms of documentation

Cologni, Elena (2012) SPA(E)CIOUS PRESENT, Dynamics of collective and individual experiences of space and duration within specious present, adopting technologies for enhancing audience engagement, while producing forms of documentation. In: How Performance thinks, 13-14 April 2012, London Studio Centre.

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Abstract

I consider the workshop as a form of peripatetic participatory practice where produced and shared knowledge informs the artist's creative process. This is based on the multidisciplinary approach of my current project Rockfluid (rockfluid.com), where site specific art practice is underpinned by elements of cognitive psychology and philosophy. Hence, here the relationship Memory – Time – Perception is informed by Bergson's notion of the present within duration and as produced by the body in space,24 and by Merleau-Ponty's reference to 'sensation' as the basis for knowledge.25 On the other hand the role of memory in the present is seen from a shared perspective (psychology and philosophy of science) including the definition of specious present26 as well as the nature of retention as involving perception of duration.
The variable within this is an element of interference in our experience, which will vary every time Spa(e)cious takes place (e.g. the image above is for the next few events where exercises will take place on an unstable platform). As the
series develops from this, a dialogue with art critic and film maker Helena Blaker also shapes the contextualisation of the outcomes.
Methods:
The exercise aims at creating the physical and psychological conditions to enhance an awareness of the perception of time and space through interaction in three parts, involving psychology, drawing, video and performance.

Keywords:Interdisciplinary philosophy performance participation art interference, Presentness perception
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W520 Body Awareness
W Creative Arts and Design > W190 Fine Art not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
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ID Code:26806
Deposited On:22 Mar 2017 16:35

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