Have been following the discussions, super interesting. This is a quick update on the line I am pursuing in contributing to the development work…
When it comes to tools for artistic collaboration/co-exploration/co-making I think they may have different requirements than those for e.g software development and or collaboration around “getting things done”. When communication is happening in different channels: touch, smell, sound, movement etc.
I have been researching art collectives and art movements both previous and contemporary to get a sense of how this could work in that context. My conclusion is that the foundation is connection and empathy.
Connection in the sense of crossing paths as well as the sense of piecing things together. Empathy in in the sense of emotional resonance in response to a shared triggering experience.
What traces does empathetic connection leave that can be picked up by electronic noses, eyes, ears, tongues, hands or skin?
And what open source technologies are out there that we can experiment with to create a working artefact to pick up such traces?
These two questions are keys to developing technology for facilitating conducive towards creative collaboration amongst large groups. To explore them we set out to build and experiment with technology for shamanic ritual.
We define the Shamanic ritual as a codified experience in/through which a connected group of individuals is guided towards achieving emotional resonance or resolution in response to a triggering event. Let’s call it empathetic connection.
The Shaman is the role of one who hosts such an event which both triggers and channels such empathetic connection in a group. He/She may use artefacts to conjure and hold the rituals that sets the scene for codified experiences as well as manages the dynamics between the participants.
The codified experience is an ephemeral virtual reality.
It can be loose allowing/aiming for the unexpected or heavily scripted requiring participants to inhabit tightly predefined roles and interactions. The codified experience may aim to make visible what is “truly there” or manipulative in the sense that there is a clear preconceived outcomes towards which participants are lead.
Are the individuals passive observers of some stage upon which an otherworldly drama plays out?
Is the Shaman showing people how they/the world truly is or manipulating them into being something else?
Is the Shaman and or the other participants vessels or channels of something(s) outside themselves- and if so are these entities that truly exist or something fictional created by the shaman to suit their agenda?
I am currently playing around with this together with Pierre,a Brussels based artist. We have a huge archive of coded experiences to draw from; wedding, the family dinner, press conferences, group fitness classes, alien abductions :))
Also In artistic contexts we have looked at individuals and groups who have interesting ways of making empathetic connections…
- Creating identities from DNA collected in public spaces - https://deweyhagborg.com/
- Viennese Actionists especially Valerie Export!- https://brightlightsfilm.com/finger-envy-a-glimpse-into-the-short-films-of-valie-export
- Teamlab Japan https://www.teamlab.art/labs/
- Mika Oki’s work in 3D spaces http://mikaoki.com/reverseosmosis
We will be running a happening in Brussels where we put our findings into practice sometime before or during January. Let me know if you would like to participate so we can take it into account while planning logistics - we may be able to help cover travel expenses if needed.
This is where my head is right now, thoughts?