Table Discussion Notes : Interactions, Liverpool. 19th September 2014

What does a socially-engaged landscape for performance practice look like?

(collated discussion and thinking from all the participants in dialogue with and written up by Gisele Bone).

Framing – where are the limits?

Time – where does the artist stop?

Projects may be inconclusive

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What does it offer?

Inquiry                 Enjoyment                   Exploration             Learning             Education                Representation of the needs, desires, validation of a community                Empowerment

Context                 Construct                   Intention                     Framing                Facilitating             Participating

Socially-engaged performance practice is not therapy (although it may have therapeutic effects).

Is there a performance practice that ISN’T socially engaged?

  • This isn’t very useful.

Is there a performance practice that ISN’T socially engaged?

  • Is there a way of avoiding this?

– What is useful about a socially-engaged landscape for performance practice?

– The tangible experience is different to what it becomes when you start talking about it.

– What could a socially-engaged landscape for performance practice look like?

– What should a socially-engaged landscape for performance practice look like?

– A forest clearing to one is peace, to another is hell.

– Landscape – everything your senses can take on board surrounds you.

– Just land!  Landscape is a product of the human mind.

– 360°

Defining itself – part of constant chaos

– Can never be defined – SEPP occurs.

– Fragile – definitions can stagnate.

… Eats itself and feeds itself.

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