Monday, January 30, 2006

The power of limits

The purpose of the Experimental Performance Hybrid that you are about to embark upon is to discover and respond emotionally, reflectively, creatively and imaginatively to your own ideas and those of others. There is no better way I can think of to do that than to accept the fact that everything that exists does because there is an underlying structure that supports and/or generates it.
We might no be used to work collaboratively as artists because we have been inclined to think that creativity is a purely personal endeavor. But what we are looking to achieve is synergy, as described by Buckminster Fuller

Synergy or synergism most often refers to the phenomenon of two or more discrete influences or agents acting in common to create an effect which is greater than the sum of the effects each is able to create independently.

The opposite of synergy is antagonism, the phenomenon where two agents in combination have an overall effect which is less than the sum of their individual effects.

So let's try to approach the assignment with a fresh vision and translate that vision into design for performance. Examine Image, Movement, Gesture, Spatial Relationship, Uses of Time, Shape, Repetition, Space and Action. Create a performance born of your own ideas, concerns, feelings, and motivations. And unleash the power of limits.

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