4 to 14 November
Application deadline: Ongoing (ASAP)
For the last 9 months Orion Maxted and his collaborators have been developing a performance that works like a machine, an organism and a collective mind.
Orion and Michael Burditt Norton are now inviting artists, performers and non-artists to collaborate in a workshop based on methodologies developed for The Machine. The aim is to share the research and see how the ideas and processes proposed by the machine can change with new performers.
The Machine is formed of people continually reproducing and mutating each other’s words and gestures according to simple variables which never-the-less add up to thought-provoking, unexpected and sometimes humorous results. The Machine is an emergent system. The output of one person becomes the input of the next, forming a continual feedback loop. Additionally, being itself made of language, the machine tries describe itself then to mutate its own description, thereby evolving new rules and potentially reprogramming itself.
The Machine is a collaborative process of thinking and making together. Together we will be the components of the machine and see what performances, texts, rules and patterns we are able to create. Previous performers experienced being part of the machine as a fascinating creative puzzle, stimulating lateral thinking and proposing a useful set of creative strategies for transforming the way one sees and thinks about the world.
To see an example of The Machine in action please copy this link:
We are ideally looking for people who:
· feel comfortable performing;
· are able to think creatively in a group situation;
· can speak fluent English.
The following are NOT vital, but we would be very curious to hear from:
· people with a specialist knowledge in a technological or scientific background, such as programming, mathematics, biotechnology, neuroscience, systems theory, composition.
· Actors, improvisers, rappers
· music and performance backgrounds with a good sense of rhythm.
There will be a series of 10 meetings between 4 November & 14 November. Attending all meetings is not mandatory, but the machine is quite a tricky and absorbing so the more you can do the better. The final timetable will be coordinated collaboratively. The workshop is free. Places are limited.
Please get in touch if you are interested in taking part in this process.