20 min Presentation + 20 min Discussion
In this brief talk, we present the results of applying our specific collaboration methodology, one year into the artistic research project “Atlas of Smooth Spaces,” whose object of research is the space that is created around performers, shaped through performers, and accessed by performers. This methodology goes beyond conventional practices by setting discipline collisions at the centre of the knowledge production, rather than relegating co-creation to a few contact points at the overlapping edges of each discipline. This “collision” is preceded by a preparatory phase in which the artist-researchers define the core elements of their practice in an intersubjective and consensual manner, their respective “Null Spaces.” In a decidedly transdisciplinary manner, our approach parts with conventional practices and favours bold, discipline-crossing processes and in-the-moment action. As telling examples of this approach, we present the insights and output of different collaboratories we have initiated across artistic disciplines such as Eurythmics, Dance, Direct Film Sound and Choir Conducting, and propose how it could be effectively applied in other disciplines.
Leonhard Horstmeyer wrote his PhD thesis on the dimensional reduction of smooth dynamical systems at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics. He subsequently worked at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna, studying systemic effects of networked systems. His current research focuses on the dialogue between the field of complexity science and audio-corporeal artistic practices at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Mariia Shurkhal is a dancer, choreographer, and dance researcher in the FWF project Atlas of Smooth Spaces at the University of Music and Performing arts Vienna.