Scores & Structures: From Mind to Map to Muscle


In-Lab 2018/2019 organized by Andrea Canepa, Nina Glockner and Dasha Tsapenko

Scores are symbolizations of processes that extend over time. […] I see scores as a way of communicating art processes over time and space to other people in other places at other moments [...] Thus, city plans are scores, building designs are scores, choreography is a score, words as communicative devices in interpersonal relations are scores, interpretations of dreams are scores, instructions for events in the environment are scores, and the very streets we walk on and freeways we speed along are scores that form the emotional and kinetic environment within which we add the creative ‘input’ of our own lives and artistic contributions.
–Lawrence Halprin, RSVP Cycles, 1969

The Scores & Structures In-Lab explores the relation between body and space, and between body and body – thinking of objects also as bodies – from two different points of view:
From within the body: as by performing/writing this relation.
From outside the body: as by observing/reading how this relation develops.

The In-Lab aims to identify and understand the structures within our bodies (somatic structures) vs the structures that articulate outside our bodies and that we are embedded in (social structures). How does this mutual relationship look like? What kind of consequences come out of these interrelated dynamics?
As tools for this exploration, a wide range of scores that vary between controlling devices/imposing structures and communication mechanisms/open structures for participation, will be researched (including notation systems, protocols, diagrams, maps, algorithms, human proportional systems).

The In-Lab has included practice-based workshops (with Kenzo Kusuda, Gabriel Fontana and Vivien Tauchmann, Jeremiah Day), expert visits, group readings and will be concluded with a publication and an online archive on Instagram (scores.structures). 



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