Field Research

Today’s Roundtable presentations featured Sergio Valenzuela with Lilly Pfalzer, and Simon Sailer with Florian Wagner.
Right before the final presentation of his project no cover a 'dance and science' project at the Natural History Museum, Sergio shared with us an analysis of his research and the development of his work over the past 3 semesters. He led us through the various steps of research, unveiling the transformation of these steps. Based around a three-part model of
  1. space/time
  2. body (geometrical shapes)
  3. action,
he used wordclusters to visualise the huge number of ideas and possible decisions arising by every step he took. In the discussion that followed, some factors were examined more closely: Quantum movement and following the unexpected (things that are outside of the plan) - Follow the flow and fail/or not.- The audience as spectators and interactors (and who are the other actors?). - The development of the costumes (from a more rigid structure/shape, to no cover).
The second part of the research was in collaboration with Lilly Pfalzer. She was involved in the project as a spectator, assistant and performer; changing her role from a passive to an (inter)active player.
Presentation of project: Tuesday 21st January, 3pm, Natural History Museum, 1070 Vienna
Research blog of the project 
Simon shared his reflections on the role of the expert in scientific projects. He intends to create a fictional scientist; an expert on sustainability that communicates mostly via YouTube. Currently he is analysing the habitus of experts (how they see themselves and the view of “their” community) in order to create a scientist in their format. Understanding through becoming!
He invited Florian Wagner, a member of the VolxTheaterKarawane / Publixtheatre Caravan, to do a presentation. Florian shared his experience from an action in Lambach, 2003, as part of the NoborderLAB project. The action was a reaction to the introduction of biometric data such as fingerprints and iris profiles into identity documents. The group posed as scientists from the European Institute for Biometric Research, and pretended to collect personal data from pupils at a school. All kinds of personal data were collected, starting with their name, to the size of their mouth or pin-codes. The discussion analysed the reactions and consequences of this piece of invisible theater.
Video footage of the action (German)
News and information from the action (German)


Fact Box

January 09, 2014, 09:30h