August 13 - 23, 2011
During ten days in August,
the international Interaktionslabor in Göttelborn collaborates
with XMLab and Centre de Création Choréographique Luxembourgeois
TROIS C-L, as well as Donlon Dance Company, on creating a new PERFORMANCE
ACADEMY, a shared platform of workshop spaces and research facilities
for performance-media design, interactional and wearable concepts, and
investigations of gestural processes, protocols, and social choreography.
With its partners XMLab, Centre de Création Choréographique
Luxembourgeois TROIS C-L, and Donlon Dance Company, the Interaktionslabor
shares the sense that the concept of research should be opened up (again),
and aims to acknowledge the relevance of experimental treatments of
actuality – of forms of collaborative creation – that may
take us beyond the perspectives and protocols of (established academic)
inquiry as we know it. Which is why we have chosen gesture as focus
of the inaugural workshop – gesture as practice that is at once
aesthetic, corporeal, and political. The lab will offer a series of
parallel modules investigating the relations between choreography and
software, sound and motion-design, movement capture and 3d digital/virtual
environment navigation, light and projection architecture, dirty electronics
and interactive programming.
in August will inaugurate a 12-months series of performance and research
events open to individual, collective, and institutional actors especially
from the Greater Region (Luxembourg, France, Belgium) but also from
the EU and beyond, to facilitate the sharing of approaches, experiences,
and reflections. The events are varied, including workshops, hacklabs,
and symposia, but will be organized under the common umbrella of the
PERFORMANCE ACADEMY. The new academy plans to include exhibitions and
concert/installations in an open platform for the exchange of new performance
and media work; locations for these events include venues in Saarbrücken
and on the coal mine campus in Göttelborn.
August 13-23, 2011
enrollment € 400 [concession for students:300]
residency on location [residency] in the former Coal Mine Göttelborn
& Media Gallery HBK Saarbrücken/Academy of Fine Arts Saar ,
http://interaktionslabor.de // http://performance.xmlab.org/
Facilitated by Johannes Birringer, in cooperation with Soenke Zehle
(XMLab) and Bernard Baumgarten (TROIS C-L), and specially invited media
(send CV and
brief sketch of your work interests and artistic/scientific background)
XMLab has a research focus on experimental
media and new forms of aesthetic communication, with a particular interest
in the performative and play-based dimension of digital technologies.
In 2011, our focus is on the question of gesture – as aesthetic
practice, as re-engagement of the political, as way to reflect on synaesthetic
experiences, and, eventually, as (non-representational) curatorial perspective.
The research context includes experimental approaches to embodied/physical
computing (such as XBox Kinect), to the constitution of (public) space,
and more generally technologies of play.
Centre de Création Choréographique Luxembourgeois TROIS
C-L is a platform for contemporary dance in Luxembourg, which offers
professional dancers and choreographers a space for the development
of creative projects. The TROIS C_L supports artists in the realization
of professional choreographic projects in cooperation with national
and international partners, in the planning of strategies for the dissemination
of creative productions through exchanges and artists residencies, and
in the practical and theoretical research required in the areas of dance,
dance technologies and theatrical stage production. (http://www.dance.lu).
Interaktionslabor is a laboratory
for interactive media, design, and performance, founded by Johannes
Birringer in 2003 on the site of the former coal mine Göttelborn
(Saarland), and developed over the past nine years into an annual summer
residency-workshop for performers, media artists, filmmakers, engineers
and writers from different artistic and cultural backgrounds, always
open to participants’ ideas, processes and project proposals that
nurture collaboration and research as well as the building of transcultural
networks. At the end of the workshops, which are housed in the beautifully
renovated industrial spaces of the Coal Mine (participants also live
in new Guest House on the mine campus), Interaktionslabor has exhibited
works in progress as well as co-produced new installations or performance
later premiered in other countries. The lab has been invited to Brasil
and the US, and now enters into a new phase of collaborative research
exchange and partnership across regions.
Dance Company is based at the Saarlaendisches Staatstheater (State
Theatre) in Saarbruecken, and is a young, exciting, innovative company
attracting dancers of the highest calibre. The performers who work with
Marguerite Donlon, the dynamic Irishwoman who was appointed Ballet Director
in 2001, come from all over the world –Germany, France, Spain,
Portugal, Poland, Japan, Korea, China, United States and Argentina.
One of Marguerite Donlon’s aims is to promote European exchange
in dancing and bring other high standard choreographers to Saarbruecken,
ranging in style from the wild queen of pop Constanza Macras to world
renowned choreographer Jirí Kylián. The company is also
working on several projects to be shown not just within the theatre
but also on different locations in collaboration with a variety of cultural
institutions in the region and beyond. Local artists from the Saarland
have been invited to work with the company.
WORKSHOP FEE: € 400 (payable upon arrival)
HOUSING: Participants in the workshop will be able to stay at our Guesthouse
on the campus of the Mine, adjecent to the Gray Hall lab studio. All
enrolled participants will be considered in residence, and breakfast
and dinner are included in the fee.
deadline for enrollment
: July 15, 2011.
notes on design and performance concepts are published on this site.