Title: Now is a Space. When are You?
About the geography of personal and shared presence
Concept and group leadership: Daniel Drago & Svitlana Pashko (Metamotion)
We are all creators of spaces. Visible and invisible. And we are perpetual dwellers within various types of spaces. Yet, at the same time, each of us is an infinite space in itself, shaped and designed by other visible or invisible spaces, inhabited by ideas, ideals, dreams and visions.
In the current burning context — socially, politically, culturally, and historically — different dimensions of what we call “space” — individual, social, creative and even that of human development itself — are globally called in for questioning and reinterpretation. Furthermore, with technology advancing at an unprecedented pace, virtual worlds are becoming more enticing as spaces for ‘safe’ interaction, with human separation becoming in some ways the norm — investigating together the idea of space might be one of the most relevant and unifying things we can do as a collective.
Our project investigates what and how to respond to spatial information and place-based experience in an authentic and creative way.
The creative process leading to performance will involve the exploration of relationships between the spatial and experiential elements of the site. Part of the process is developing the ability to observe how these relationships can inform and generate the performing act in real-time.
One of the research objectives will be to understand how to interpret particular elements of location, dimension and design: what meaning they inherit as part of the social construct, and how the performance can either strip off, enrich or transcend that meaning.
We will use guiding questions as part of the approach to negotiating interactions with space and place. The core of the practice is perception as an active process through which we not only make sense of the world around us, but we actually shape it.
We will explore together how to use movement, stillness, sounds, words and timing, as keys to open new states and planes of meaning that link the habitual to the surreal, the formal to informal, and the sacred to the profane.
The result of our collective process will be not just a performance but the individual realisation of how to absorb and organise information while experiencing and interacting with space as well as how to enter your unique process and workflow that leads to an extended personal vision and to a deeper source of creative potential.