• "Fill the Room" workshop at DRHA 2018, Malta
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DRHA Malta : 2018

DRHA 2018 Workshop

Fill the Room – the art of meaningful multimedia improvisation

Digital Research in Humanities and the Arts 2018, September 9-12, 2018, Villeta, Malta

John D. Mitchell and Halley Wilcox represented DATURA at DRHA and led participants in the Fill the Room workshop.

We are proposing a one-day workshop, consisting of a morning and an afternoon session based on interdisciplinary creation and performance strategies developed by DATURA, a performance ensemble dedicated to using both digital and analog instruments and processes to create improvisational performances. We will utilize improvisational structures for both sound and movement creation, and incorporate the use of on-the-body sensors to generate sound from movement.This sound and movement workshop is open to all conference participants. We especially encourage movement specialists as well as electronic composers who can bring sound-generating devices for use at the workshop.

In phase I (morning) workshop facilitators work separately with participant groups in the following disciplines/areas. The focus will be on creating material for later use in interdisciplinary improvisation. They will lead each group of participants in the creation of performance material including techniques of listening, responding and leading.

In phase II (afternoon) all participants come together and put the experiences from phase I into practice. An understanding of techniques covered in the morning will guide workshop participants towards embodying a shared experience with members of DATURA. Each group will create, rehearse and perform an improvised work based upon the material created earlier in the day.