[-empyre-] into what midst?

Erin Manning erintango at gmail.com
Tue Apr 9 03:29:54 EST 2013

Hi Johannes,
the purpose of my post was to set the stage for a conversation on how a collective process can set the conditions for an emergent proposition, which, in this case, was the question of working in an architecturally, economically and digitally circumscribed environment. The research proposition was: can we open this environment to its outside, the outside understood here both philosophically and pragmatically.  Our hope was that we would find ways to brings the "midst" out from these circumscribed conditions, to open up these conditions to other ways of generating experiential spacetime. The event, as with all our events, should not be limited to one activity (they take a year or more to fold out, and their effects are always, to some degree, ephemeral, since our main concern is to generate enabling constraints for new forms of collaboration) - my hope was simply to outline one of the many activities that became an entrypoint into the problematic. Others will build on this, I'm sure.

On 2013-04-08, at 11:07 AM, Johannes Birringer <Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk> wrote:

> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
> dear all
> having read the two introductions to the SenseLab project (Generating the Impossible? Into the Midst?), it was of
> course fascinating to ponder the questions that Erin Manning raised when describing the plan to "explode
> the gallery" – here meaning the SAT dome in Montréal ? a gallery?  – especially when economic issues surfaced (about renting
> the dome space and making money) or, alongside, issues of the Lab itself as having become its own institution or institutional-affiliate
> not experimental, collaborative, collective enough? what notion of collective do you use?).
> The actual event that Erin described seemed to have been site specific, in the Parc, adjacent to that SAT space, and
> it involved two kinds of participatory activities (food, and the crocheted web). Could you please elaborate
> how this now constitutes a 'choreographic object" based on 'new media techniques" exploding anything? (which space?)
> I think I merely wondered what you were planning inside the neighborhood, on the one hand (how was the project
> communicated to the audience or the par dwellers or visitors), and where the "midst" now is located, urban space?
> or adjacent space (non institutional) and how did the action-environment you recounted made for next steps - 
> "providing us with a diagram for entering the space the next day? ? which is the second space?
> with regards
> Johannes Birringer
> Dap-Lab
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Erin Manning 
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Faculty of Fine Arts
Concordia University
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