Workshop: Choreographic figures, deviations from the line.
by Nikolaus Gansterer, Mariella Greil, Emma Cocker.
Notion of Notation <> Notation of Notion
Choreo-graphic Figures - Deviations from the Line is an interdisciplinary collaboration involving artist Nikolaus Gansterer,
choreographer Mariella Greil and writer-artist Emma Cocker. The project unfolds through two interconnected aims: we are interested
in the nature of ‘thinking-feeling-knowing’ operative within artistic practice, and seek to develop systems of notation for
sharing and reflecting on this often hidden or undisclosed aspect of the creative process. Herein, lies the challenge:
• How might one devise a system of notation alert to the real-time circumstances of the practicing within practice, foregrounding
process and emphasizing the durational ‘taking place’ of something happening (live)?
• What forms of notation could be developed for articulating that which resists articulation, for that which is pre-articulation,
or a form of representation for the non-representational?
• How can a form of notation communicate the instability and mutability of the flows and forces within practice, without
rendering them still or static, without fixing that which is contingent as a clearly readable or literal sign.
To explore the performative character of notation, we practice kinetic as well as graphic modes of inscription, expanded tactics
beyond apparent physical limitations (of the mind, the hand, pencil and paper), attending to the integration of time, sound,
movement and narration. We propose the concept of the choreo-graphic figure, for investigating how the embodied practice of
choreographic performance (in an expanded sense) might become a tool of inscription and notation in itself. The choreo-graphic
figure is conceived as a notational event, incorporating the potential of both movement and materiality, a sense of both temporality
and spatiality. Our shared quest is both for a system of notation for honouring the process of figuring (as a live investigative
event) and for “choreo-graphic” figures for making tangible and communicating these significant moments within the unfolding
journey of collaborative practice. We seek modes of notation between the lines, interested in the interval or gap between
the choreo + graphic, sign + non-sign, visual + textual, extensive + intensive, embodiment + disembodiment, movement + materiality,
being + becoming.
For APASS, our intent is to share and put pressure on our recent explorations around both the ‘notion of notation’ and the
‘notation of notion’, through live investigations, presentation and discussion with students and wider publics. Specifically,
we wish to investigate notation (and its related technologies) through two concepts: figure and figuring.
• The Notion/Notation of Figuring: We use the term ‘figuring’ to describe a state of emergence or experiential shift, the
barely perceptible movements and transitions at the cusp of awareness within the process of “sense-making”. What different
systems of notation can be developed for cultivating awareness of and for marking and identifying the moments of “figuring”
within live investigative action?
• The Notion/Notation of Figure: We use the term ‘figure’ to describe the point at which figuring coalesces into a recognizable
+ repeatable form. How then might the performed ‘figure’ be a system of notation in and of itself?