Art for the worldwide babytribe
- Side: 20-21
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.18261/issn.2535-4310-2019-01-05
- Publisert på Idunn: 2019-06-04
- Publisert: 2019-06-04
Respect the nature of a baby.
They are blessed with endless curiosity, uninhibited spirited exploration and infinite appetite for the unexpected. They are alike all over the world as they are not yet spoiled by the culture.
Be inspired by their state of being – their consciousness.
Babies are vividly aware of everything, at all time, without being focused on any one thing in particular, and they are intensively experiencing everything at once – often with exaltation. They have the state of mind which resembles those that we attempt to achieve with some types of meditation.
Create extraordinary environments.
Curious and safe setting will enable babies to freely follow their impulses, explore and discover a new form of being-in-the-world. Conceive installation-based and immersive concepts, to propose movement in space as a way of experiencing, and to encourage your audience to constitute their experience based on their choices.
Engender the experiences that highlight the sensorial and the phenomenological body.
Provide conditions which address the somatic modes of perception. Explore the possible extent of interplay between agency and participation in correlation with multi-directional interaction of the senses and the sensuous interrelationship of bodymind environment. Affirm the idea of place as sensed, place as sensation – space as an audile-tactile or kinaesthetic sensory universe in which proprioception is key.
Create the artistic experience which is valuable, engaging and inspiring for the adult too.
Making the adults curious and engaged will make a crucial difference in the way the experience is lived and shared among them.
Establish a lively ecology of the event.
Affirm the conditions which sustain dialogue, emergent behaviors, first-hand experience, heightened immediacy, and intersubjectivity, but also provide space for intimacy, the possibility to drift off, and even fall asleep.
Everyone should feel confident, comfortable and safe.
Create durational performances.
Your audience is heterogenous, and each and every one of them requires a different amount of time to experience, enjoy, share and exchange – to live the moment. Let them be the ones who decide when they are ready for the encounter and how much time they need.
Build your practices from within.
Investigate your practices in partnership with a child. Insist on the perceptive, responsive and sensible presence of the performers. Call for an active and shared role in the ecology of the event and for constant seeking for the balance.
Re-think the formats in relation to the ideology and values which you want to affirm.
Create the formats and conditions which enable your audience to choose their perspective – because there can not be only one fixed point of view, as there is no right way of looking at the world. By entrusting your audience with an active agency, their experience and responses will also become part of the aesthetic of the performance. Emphasize the importance of the 'idea of activated spectatorship as a politicized aesthetic practice'.1
Widen the extent of the audience experience.
Aim for open-ended concepts, intersubjectivity and relational aesthetics. Devise the concepts of spaces with multiple centers and contents which convey the sense that any primacy is fluid, as lost quickly as it is gained.
Challenge the theatrical convention.
Avoid the hierarchy and control of performer-audience relations. Activate and emancipate your audience by proposing the formats which insist on decentralized spectatorship and multi-directional interaction.
Problematize socially limited sensory hierarchy and explore non-western sensory profiles.
Scrutinize your work from the perspective of cultural sensitivity.
Act from the urgency.
Provide what’s missing, what’s rare, what’s risky. Push the boundaries. Speculate on the future.
Reflect your practice in wider artistic context.
Follow the shifts that are currently happening and examine how they can inform your practice.
Do not replicate restrictive models of society within your work.
Decline the instrumentalization imposed by traditional ideas of the educational role of theatre for children, theatrical conventions, oculocentrism, psychological rigidity, control and patriarchal dominance.
Resist the concept of artist as a sacralized authoritarian who controls the perfect composition.
Empower the child.
Design the models and formats which empower every child and assert equality.
Cherish the value of community.
Advocate for the type of work that ‘conceives of its viewing subject not as an individual who experiences the art in transcendent or existential isolation but as part of collective or community.’1Bishop, C., 2005
Deny the concept of ultimate knowledge.
There is no right way of experiencing the world.
Keep learning by doing it.
|1||Bishop, C., 2005|