- Slug's Garden: Dive in (experiment #1)
Slug's Garden: Dive in (experiment #1)
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Slugs' garden is an immersive space for tactile contemplation. It's a habitat to be calmly dwelled in, a playground of subtle sensations. It’s an intimate context in which we can consider our relation to our surroundings - to other people and other objects - and let it morph, unintendedly.
slugs' garden is also the time we give ourselves to just be there; a time of doing nothing, or very little. It's the time to let us experience minute events of seemingly no consequence. Have you ever surprised yourself playing with a piece of paper that your fingers found laying somewhere? This is the time to let those small gestures mushroom to the centre of our attention, and become the core events of a meaningless universe full of sense.
Like a garden, it's a space to spend some quiet time, having nothing to do or think about in particular. This slugs' garden is there to be inhabited and to be played with; an exploration of the space, a hand slowly sliding over a shoulder, an experience of time. It's to wear no shoes. It's where things grow. It's when we cultivate our interest on insignificant incidents. Here we don't walk, we don't skip. Here we take the time to touch our environment, and to caress it, centimetre by centimetre. We slide through it slowly, with no specific intention, wandering without plans, having no goal to achieve.
It is a time we take to grow into slugs. It's a slug farm. It's a slug culture.
EXPERIMENT 1: DIVE IN / Workshop(duration: +- 90 minutes)
Wednesday June 11
5.30 - 7pm
Kaaistudio's (4th floor)
Come and join us in the basic practice of slugs' garden. We will all together review and understand the basic practice and we'll jump into making this happen. There will not be performers and there will not be spectators: we will all become slugs. Everybody is welcome, you certainly don't need to have any previous experience or training as a dancer or performer.
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Subscribe by sending an e-mail to email@example.com before June 10th
Do come with comfortable clothes. We'll ask you to leave your belongings with us at the entry, specially shoes, phones and watches.
Dates11/06/2014 - 11/06/2014
Info and Documentation
SLUGS' GARDEN DURING THE STUDIO SESSIONS
THE BASIC PRACTICE: In slugs’ garden we go down to the floor and close our eyes. We direct our attention to what we are already touching. We slowly start a tactile divagation trying not to name, not to visualize and not to recognize that which we are touching (oh, this is a foot! oh, this is a pillow!) - we try to put on hold our preconceptions. Instead we focus on the textures, the temperature, the weight or the resistance of the bodies we encounter.
Privileging the tactile we are looking to shuffle and re-configure the relations we entertain with our environment. The basic practice of slugs' garden (a closed-eyes tactile exploration) helps us to do so. The question now is how to include the public in a role that is not the one of spectator-ship in which they come to watch an spectacle. In slugs' garden there is little to be seen. The logic of this proposal passes through the experience of touch, a very subtle yet potentially intense experience. Radically, the visitors of slugs' garden should join us in this practice, they should be an active part of this performance-installation. However, our awareness of deeply embodied cultural taboos on the body and touching advice us to mediate this experience. Thus, during the studio sessions of Workspace Brussels, we'll propose three different experiments:
EXPERIMENT 1: DIVE IN / THE WORKSHOP (duration 90 minutes)
EXPERIMENT 2: THE INSTALLATION (duration: 3 hours)
Saturday June 14
Come when you want and stay for as long as you want. You will be able to decide your level of participation and engagement. Eventually you could close your eyes, go down to the floor and join us as part of the work. But if you prefer, you can also stay with your eyes open and away from being touched: in the midst of the slugs' garden, an intimate gaze might offer you and entrance into this contemplative and immersive environment.
EXPERIMENT 3: THE GUIDED PERFORMANCE (duration: 60 minutes)
Saturday June 14
We will welcome you into the slugs' garden and will try to guide you through a series of little events in which we'll wonder: is it possible for the gaze to acquire tactile qualities?
Independently of the experiment you'd like to join, do come with comfortable clothes. We'll ask you to leave your belongings with us at the entry, specially shoes, phones and watches.
Research, concept: Fabian Barba, Esteban Donoso
With the collaboration of: Josh T. Franko, Tuur Marinus, Marisa Cabal, Gabriel Schenker, Sirah Foighel Brutmann, Thomas Hauert, Samantha Van Wissen, Sarah Ludi
Executive production: Caravan Production
Co-production: deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus (Antwerpen, BE), Workspacebrussels (Brussel, BE)
With the support of: the Flemish Government, Decolonial Summer Course / Roosevelt University College (Middelburg, NL)
Thanks to: Frédérick Denis, Chevalier-Masson