The following brief has evolved through the input of many partners/participants in the 40 plus interauthored residencies, workshops and group projects iniitiated by shinkansen since 1990. It is used for pre briefing discussions and is often part of the final confimation letter received by invited participants and therefore, alongside documentation agreements, is signed as a negotiated contract of involvement before attendance.
GROUP PROCESS BRIEF
The aims and themes of this exchange will be explored through a deep group collaboration process.
The invited participants come from diverse cultural and skills backgrounds and bring with them a range of social, political and aesthetics experiences. We look for good debate through this diversity and to enable the use of this opportunity as a chance to learn about other ways of thinking and being in the world today.
The project will be flexibly evolved – with a secure structure in place a FLUID MIX of practice and debate will be evolved by the process directors.
Discussion and debate is a very important aspect of this exchange. We need to learn about each other’s cultures and ideas and evolve threaded discussions on the themes emerging from the topic of / participants in the project to carry through into the creative and practical work.
This exchange therefore relies on the POOLING OF SKILLS AND IDEAS. It needs to be entered with an open mind and with the intention of becoming fully involved in the brief.
The group will work together as a whole and will, at certain times work in smaller groups to explore particular issues/evolutions.
There will be constant sharing and exchange, including an open studios policy, with the aim being to keep the fluid creative process evolving.
SO PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND TO DO RESEARCH FOR YOUR NEXT PIECE OR TO DIRECT THE WHOLE.
AS THIS IS A RESEARCH PROJECT INTO THE PROCESSES OF INTERAUTHORSHIP.
The outcome aim is the creation of new works-in-progress together. Authorship will be group based with clear crediting of specialist skills
THE GROUP PROCESS is based on the following collaboration practice:-
• all participants will be skilled in a specific area, with additional secondary skills (to aid the development of a multi-skilled team)
• all participants will be creatives
• skills specialisation will be practised within collective working methodologies
• respect of experience and respect of topicality/freshness will be given equal weighting
• co-authorship will be key
• all will learn and teach equally
• all in together to cover day-to-day practicalities
THE CREATION PROCESSES are based in:-
• pooling of ideas
• continous weaving / plaiting of content development, performance and technology
• chains of interaction between participants - deep collaboration
• open studios at all times and regular process showings
• debate and discussion threaded throughout the practice
• integrated documentation reflecting the process as it happens
The project will be EXPERIENTIAL on all levels:-
• sharp learning curve for all involved
• intensive and challenging
• testing of the individual within group/collaborative processes
• brilliant buzzy outcomes and special professional development
Main language - English
The process direction team will lead the group through the inter-authorship processes. The final say, if necessary, will lie with the artistic process directors. Experiences however prove that with good group work this is unnecessary.
• You will be a performing arts / digital arts professional with an obsessive interest in the survival and evolution of live-ness and performance of the future.
• You will have concerns about the present state of theatre, regarding the true interdisciplinary nature of theatre
• You will have concerns about access to live performance, through content/form, for more participatory and diverse audiences.
• You will be interested in the potentials of the hybrid processes of intercultural / technological evolution of performance and the importance of this in relationship to human understanding and knowledge advancement.
• You will be a person who enjoys and buzzes in collaborative group projects, able to give and receive readily, open about pooling/sharing ideas and credit.
• You will have a penache for multi-skilling and be ready to use many and develop new skills.
• You will be articulate and hungry for good critical debate and discussion.
• Your spirit of engagement will be based in the intent of group outcomes
Evolved with partners and participants of group projects across 1990 – to present.