Body Scores Workshop
Yun Ingrid Lee (composition, performance), Natalie Fyfe (visual art, performance), and Karina Dukalska (graphic design, dance) will be giving a score-making workshop for non-musicians at WORM Pirate Bay, Rotterdam.
Scores, in the broadest sense, are a form of organizing ideas, of communicating instructions, of archiving processes. This workshop is facilitated by three artists working with scores in different fields. Participants will look at how to read and make different kinds of scores (notational, graphic, text, audio, video) which can then be used to create compositions and performances.
For the purpose of this workshop, we will be creating scores around archival material pulled from the Pirate Bay. Participants will experiment with writing for themselves and for each other. We will focus on using small gestures and isolated parts of the body. By isolating one aspect of a body part, participants will explore physical boundaries and learn how to compose with minimal elements.
This course is mostly practical and involves some discussion. We will start off with warm ups and exercises, gradually working up to creating longer pieces. Participants will perform, analyze, and discuss existing scores before making and testing their own scores. The workshop will end in a presentation of all scores and resulting performances.
No previous experience in performance, composition/choreography or any form of score-making is required. Participants must be willing to perform.
Day 1: Transcription, text and video scores
Participants will get an overview of notation systems used in movement, transcribe gestures made by dancer Alina Jacobs, transcribe and perform each others gestures, read a score, and create collaborative text scores.
Day 2: Breath scores, and scoring the archive
Participants will be guided through a series of scoring exercises centering around the breath before working on a score using archival material from the Pirate Bay. We will be trying out, fine-tuning, and giving feedback to each score.
**Please register with email@example.com with your name and motivation (keep it short!).
*Upon registering, you will be asked to pay a €10 deposit. On the first day you will get €5 back and the second day, the other €5. We want to give participants incentive to come to both days.
Maximum no. of participants: 16
Participation: Free with a deposit
About the facilitators
Yun Ingrid Lee, is an artist, composer, and performer mostly working with text, sound, and performance. Much of Yun’s work investigates recording technologies to unearth histories of erasure, visibility, power relations, and shifting definitions of what being human is. Other works turn to (psycho)acoustic phenomena to challenge the capacities of individual and collective sensorial experience. Yun also curates the lecture-performance series BARTALK and organizes workshops at the intersections of art, music, and technology at the Instrument Inventors Initiative.
Natalie Fyfe is an interdisciplinary artist and performer who positions herself at the border between art and music. With an interest in psychopathology, Natalie’s research interrogates her own experience of mental health alongside a psychological and neurological study of the voice. She composes with mundane sounds and isolated body parts to create intersections of control between delusion and reality. Natalie primarily works in performance and live art installation but often incorporates 3D-object making, multi-sensory eating experiences and video into her artistic process.
Karina Dukalska is a Rotterdam-based graphic designer, book creator and dancer. She uses layout, paper stock choice, and various binding and folding techniques to blend her disciplines with a focus on touch, flow and movement. She creates tangible and interactive (artist) books which emphasise the content through an additional dimension. Her recent book ‘Back It Up’ (2018), is a synthesis of research, examples and experiments to address the question: to what extent can we document and archive social dance?