Photographs are by Heidrun Löhr unless otherwise stated.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Research - 8 Dec

The PNG Work - Research 8 December from Michelle Outram on Vimeo.

This was the most difficult evening as we were dealing with the flattest surface while trying to create a 3 dimensional environment using light!!
The footage is also seriously degraded at this point.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Afternoon Sessions - overview

While a number of different ideas relating to improvisation were explored in the afternoons, most sessions followed the following structure:
  1. discussion with the group about expectations and responses to previous sessions;
  2. warm up (physical with occasional vocal)
  3. exercises chosen to stimulate the senses, provoke thought and provide building blocks for the rest of the session;
  4. performances; and
  5. structured feedback relating to the performances.
It is also important to note that feedback took place after each exercise also and forms one of the major learning and group cohesion tools when working in this way.

Also the final two session in the series were quite distinctive and were structured differently.

It was important to me (Michelle), as the facilitator, to continually be responsive to the group. This meant I would propose a focus for the session after listening to the thoughts of the group in the initial discussion. I was able to plan some initial exercises during the warm up and then continue to respond throughout the sessions. This approach generally seemed to work well and worked particularly well when the group responded clearly and critically to the exercises.

At times I was able to step in as a 'participant', but there were times when I was more interested in watching the structure unfold.

Afternoon Sessions - documentation

I chose not to visually document the afternoon sessions, though I have written down the things we did and how it all progressed. I will start posting descriptions shortly.
It would be especially lovely if those of you who were there could write a little bit about the experience - what we did and any thoughts or responses.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thank you to all who participated

In alphabetical order: Bronwen Kamasz, Emma McIntyre, Hellen Russo, Janette McGinty, Jenna Downing, Jia-Jen Lin (Taiwan), Katya Shevtsov, Leah Rucks, Lisa Carrie Goldberg, Marnie Orr, Mia Holton, Michelle Outram, Peter Dreisiger, Pilar Mata Dupont, Renae Coles, Tarry Gill & Vahri McKenzie.

This picture leaves me 'hanging' for the next instalment!

Research - 7 Dec

The PNG Work - Research 7 Dec 2010 from Michelle Outram on Vimeo.

Three camera view. Not sure if this is useful or just confusing...

Research - 6 Dec

The PNG Work - Research 6 Dec 2010 from Michelle Outram on Vimeo.

I've gone for the multiple angles as it seems to show the work and the possible multiple views best for the purpose of documentation.

Research - 5 Dec

The PNG Work - Research 5 Dec 2010 from Michelle Outram on Vimeo.

Research - 4 Dec

The PNG Work - Research 4 Dec 2010 from Michelle Outram on Vimeo.

The 'Support Material' created in March/April

The PNG Work - Support Material from Michelle Outram on Vimeo.

NB. You can turn HD on and off depending on the speed of your connection.

Vimeo Link - click here

This is the link to the Vimeo 'album' with PNG Work stuff. I will also embed the videos here. If you don't have a spectacular connection to the internet, you may want to uncheck the HD symbol as this will allow you to watch the videos in standard def. (I think).
I haven't quite got the documentation from Wednesday 8 December up yet. It is coming...