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Tidligere kursus 2014

Episodes of Everything 2

- A workshop that will investigate the mnemonics of the moment and attempt to invoke episodes of everything ...

Drottingholm, backstage

 ‘ ... Few people know that the Greeks, who invented many arts, invented an art of memory, which like their other arts, was passed on to Rome whence it descended into the European tradition.  This art seeks to memorize through a technique of impressing ‘places’ and ‘images’ on memory.  It has usually been classed as ‘mnemotechnics’, which in modern times seems a rather unimportant branch of human activity.  But in the ages before printing, a trained memory was vitally important; and the manipulation of images in memory must always to some extent involve the psyche as a whole.  Moreover an art which uses contemporary architecture for its memory places and contemporary imagery for its images will have its Classical, Gothic and Renaissance periods, like the other arts.  Though the mnemotechnical side of the art is always present, both in antiquity and thereafter, and forms the factual basis for its investigation, the exploration of it must explore more than the history of its techniques.  Mnemosyne, said the Greeks, is the mother of the Muses; the history and training of this most fundamental and elusive of human powers will plunge us into deep waters.’

From: The Art of Memory by Frances A. Yates; Pimlico 1992

Without recourse to conventional documentation how can we recall something fleeting and ephemeral that we have just witnessed? Can a moment leave a physiological impression or imprint – on the retina / in the memory and can we enter the 'visual slipstream' of something we have just seen? Can these moments be recalled or repeated and what might a repertoire of these moments reveal?

What happens when we do attempt to repeat something? Is it only interesting because we saw/ heard or made the ‘original’? Is it interesting because it is has been developed, embellished or edited? Or is it no longer interesting because the moment can never be repeated?

Can we construct a myriad of possible echoes of the original ‘idea’? How can these ‘ideas’ be made more potent by minimizing them or conversely making them more extravagant? How do you develop material that seemingly originated in the moment/out of thin air? How do you decide what to retain, what to abandon?

How can you choose to formalize material created in this way? How do you develop an idea suggested to you by someone else’s invention? What role might interpretation play in this? How can an instant invention quickly become a classic?

PROGRAM

Tuesday-Thursday:

13.30-17.30 workshop at Charlottenborg

Friday:

10- 21: Seminar Guns & Horses at Charlottenborg and Cinemateket

There will be students participating in the workshop from the Danish Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the Danish National School of Performing Arts.

The workshop and seminar is a collaboration between Kunsthal Charlottenborg and The Danish National School of Performing Arts, supported by the Ministry of Culture

Workshopleader: Rose English

Rose English was born in Hereford in 1950. She graduated from the Fine Art Department of Leeds Polytechnic in 1973, subsequently to being expelled from another art school for working with performance. English was an important voice in London’s feminist movement and underground scene in the 1970s and during the 1980's and 1990's worked with designers including Simon Vincenzi and haute couture corsetier Mr Pearl. She collaborated with film maker Sally Potter and composer Lindsay Cooper creating the seminal feature length film The Gold Diggers (1983) and has appeared in both experimental and mainstream films. She was included in the influential exhibition WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution (2009) at MOCA in Los Angeles, and has exhibited in venues as various as Tate Britain, Royal Court, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Adelaide Festival and Lincoln Center off Broadway in New York. Her performances have featured a diversity of co-performers including musicians, dancers, circus performers, magicians and horses.

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