Performative Diagrammatics Lab at Sullivan Galleries/w Saturday Club

August 28 – October 19, 2019

Performative Topologies and THE BRAID are included in the SAIC Faculty Projects Exhibition. Performative Topologies will be enacted at the reception, September 20. THE BRAID will be available for activation with classes Wednesdays through Fridays, during gallery hours.

The Performative Diagrammatics Lab adapts to site.  As part of this iteration, I will hold two, six-session Saturday workshop sequences, the Saturday Club. The workshops revolve around the following questions: 1. How to develop a tangible Crit Kit, and 2. How to devise Embodied Reading Tactics. Both questions address teaching as radical possibility. Dates are September 14, 21, 28, and October 5, 12, and 19. Please get in touch if you are interest in joining a workshop.


In the Studio

August 2019

Enacting critique and enacting critical/affirmative methods in a conversation on leadership with Gerda Müller, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna.

 


The Braid at PSI25

July 2019

THE BRAID will be activated in a workshop at PSI25, Calgary, Canada. Read the description.

 


Missing Scenes Workshop. Goat Island Archive.

June 2019

I spent three days with curator Nick Lowe, Sarah Skaggs and others, discovering fractal responses to the responses and the concept of the exhibition: “Goat Island Archive – we have discovered the performance by making it.”  +IMG_9825


Code Movement Workshop

May 2019

I am heading to New York for three weekends in May, participating in The School for Poetic Computing Code Movement workshop. This is session 1/3, in Nancy Meehan’s studio. Here are short video clips from the second meeting.

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Exhibition: Membrane

March 7, 2019 – April 20, 2019

With Jörg Brinkmann, Ursula Damm, Adelheid Mers, Rachel Smith, Moritz Wehrmann. Kunstverein Tiergarten|Galerie Nord, Turmstr. 75, Berlin. 

Opening: 7 pm, March 7, 2019 (German Info)

On view will be The Braid and Fractal-3-Line Matrix Whiteboards and related video documentation, and new Performative Topologies video work, developed with Robert Woodley. Performative Topologies were created in Chicago with Joseph Lefthand, Vero D. Orozco, Caroline Kawen Ng and other contributors,  and with a group of students at the Bauhaus University Weimar.

You are invited to join us at these workshops:

Saturday, 3.9., 5–7 pm: Performative Topologies, with Adelheid Mers, Joseph Lefthand, Vero D. Orozco and Caroline Kawen Ng

Thursday, 3.14., 5–7 pm: The Braid, with Adelheid Mers

Friday, 3.15., 5–7 pm: Performative Topologies, with Adelheid Mers

Thursday, 3.21. 5–7 pm: Fractal 3-Line Matrix, with Adelheid Mers

Friday, 3.22., 5–7 pm: Performative Topologies, with Adelheid Mers

Friday, 4.5., 5–7 pm: Performative Topologies, with Sarah Hermanutz and Ruo-Jin Yen

Tuesday,  April 16., 5–7 pm: Performative Topologies, with Maud Canisius and Sarah Hermanutz

About workshops:

Adelheid Mers’ diagrammatic templates are greatly condensed texts and conversations. Simultaneously they contain the invitation to unfold them performatively, experimentally and playfully. This is why workshops are a central part of this exhibition. Visitors will be introduced to the diagrams and invited to actively engage them.

Three workshop modules will be offered. The Fractal 3-Line Matrix is a two-dimensional tool that visualizes non-hierarchical forms of text interpretation. In the workshop we will probe the template’s multiple functions, using an example text. Participants will learn to implement and also adapt the methods contained in the matrix.

The module using the three-dimensional Braid template invites participants to synergistically assess conditions that impact their own professional practices. Participants from the cultural sector, for example artists, designers, theorists or administrators, may ideally work in rotating pairs, to gain and share new insights by comparing and inscribing their experiences into the Braid template.

The workshop module Performative Topologies is conceptualized as a game and movement lab. Differently from the preceding two workshops the initial engagement here is through a verbally shared algorithm. This module asks how the presentation of an imagined object under alternating perspectives (for example imagining, describing, sketching, performing) promotes a new understanding of one’s own ways to value personal experience. This module will culminate in a joint performance – a spatial diagram of sorts.

By contributing to a workshop, participants both support the artist in her ongoing research into Performative Diagrammatics and gain the opportunity to explore and share what often tends to be backgrounded in daily work and life – own ways of perceiving, valuing, thinking and representing.

Workshops take place in German and English. Participation is free.


Study Center for Groupwork: Video

March 2019


Talk: Performative Diagrammatics as Action Model

February 25, 2019

Walsh Arts & Sciences Seminar Series, Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York. 

Artist and researcher Adelheid Mers uses diagrammatic means to probe artistic and communal processes of knowing and working. In her talk, she will outline her own action model, “Performative Diagrammatics”, through which she knits together her work in visual art and Cultural Management Studies. By contextualizing her mode of working with related models by theorists and practitioners across fields, such as Sociology, Ethnography, Performance Studies, and Psychology, she will show how the concept of action model itself can offer a foundation for interdisciplinary work, by connecting themes across the metaphors practitioners and theorists alike deploy to do their work. The talk will be bookmarked by two workshops,  “Using The Braid”, and “From Braid to Meta Crit Kit”. This visit was organized by Alex M. Lee.

 

 


Workshop: Performative Topologies – For an Art of Emigration

January 11, 2019

I offered a workshop at the annual conference of the Fachverband Kulturmanagement, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna.

Description: Culture shock happens when a traveler returns home. To make the familiar seem strange is part of the role of art. What this workshop can do is to make familiar ways of thinking strange, by drawing on embodied knowledge. An art of emigration considers the value of de-familiarization to audiences, and ultimately to communication among co-located, but disparate constituencies. The workshop ‘Many Figures Form a Ground’ takes participants through a series of transpositions that mimic artistic processes of making things strange, through multimodal experimentation.

A team of facilitators will lead a 45-minute narrative and performative sequence that opens with a brief introduction, operates through facilitator prompts and mutual counsel among participants, and culminates in a simultaneous performance by all participants. The game sequence is to be followed by discussion and joint assessment of the experience, along with a theoretic contextualization that will elucidate diagrammatic concepts at work.

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Performative Topologies at the Hyde Park Art Center Gala

November 16, 2018

Performative Topologies was facilitated by Vero D. Orozco, Joseph Lefthand and Caroline Ng. Giannella Tavano served as resident choreographer. Robert Woodley live transformed a 360º camera stream. Social Media feed by Gabriel Chalfin-Piney. More stills and video at: https://instagram.com/art.the.game

There’s also more at the Continuum Tab on this blog.

 

 


In the Studio

November 10, 2018

Back in Chicago, a meeting to get ready for the first public presentation of Performative Topologies at the Hyde Park Art Center Gala. Robert Woodley’s topological video transformations will be applied and streamed live. Judith Leemann and Billie Lee happened to be in Chicago and joined us.

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Research in Vienna: Interview Methods

October 2018

Research continued in Vienna with gender studies theorist Doris Ingrisch. As part of a project funded through a grant from the University of Music and Performing Arts through which we are learning more about artist conversations, we met with two performance artists, Doris Uhlich and Gabri Einsiedl, and with two composer/musicians, Maria Gstättner and Stefan Heckel. (Next steps in January.)

 

 


Block Seminar at the Bauhaus University Weimar

October 2018

For two weeks, also in October 2018, the studio moved to the Bauhaus University Weimar, on the invitation of Professor of Media Environments, Ursula Damm. Here, a seminar was the context for continued work on the game. While the game had emerged and developed intuitively in Chicago over the summer, in Weimar we used the block seminar structure with its daily meetings to formalize the sequence of game prompts, observe performance iterations and bring in readings. We experimented with drawing the game figures, and started to dig ‘in between’ the steps of the sequence. With Sandra Anhalt, Maud Canisius, Tamara Conde,  Laura Giraldo Diaz, Vanessa Engelmann, Regine Elbers, Lara Hann, Sarah Hermanutz, Yen Ruo-Jin, Margarita Valdivieso.

 

 

 

 

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We are beginning to dig into the transpositions that appear to occur in the gaps between steps.


In the Studio

8/3/18

With Vero D Orozco, Joseph Losinski, Sergio Mantilla, Laura Cardozo, Ed Diaz Trujillo,

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We’re working out language – playing a game, making a game, devising game figures

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Taking a bow

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Later, playing with composites


In the Studio

7/16/18

With Vero D Orozco, Ed Diaz Trujillo, Giannella Ysasi

 

 


In the Studio

6/18/18

With Vero D Orozco, Joseph Losinski, Ed Diaz Trujillo, Caroline Ng

 

 


In the Studio

6/30/18

With Kenneth Bailey, Judith Leemann, Billie Lee, Poor Farm after party

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Link to work we do together


In the Studio

6/6/18

With Tracie Hall and DeAmon Harges, comparing notes from the Artist as Problem Solver Convening, a follow-up meeting.

_IMG_6117_IMG_6126DeAmon was at the convening as “Roving Listener” and shared his observations and responses at the end. Here he reacts to a visual element of my response, one of a series of layered drawings. More about DeAmon’s work here.

The Gaze – this set of 20 drawings on transparent backgrounds is part of the response to the Artist as Problem Solver Convening. Here, digitized versions are randomly superimposed in groups of four each time the site is refreshed. The number of possible combinations is 20!/16! = 20 x 19 x 18 x 17 = 116,280. (Tap/click/Command R to refresh after clicking through to site)Screen Shot 2018-09-30 at 10.55.08 PM

Artist as Problem Solver Convening, Joyce Foundation, Indianapolis, March 2018

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summary of convening notes

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Convening notes as Fractal 3-Line Matrix

Read linear notes here

Convening participants and topics


In the Studio

Wearing the Braid

 

 


In the Studio

12/9/17

With Asha Veal, Nicolas Melo, Dio Aldridge, Walking the Braid.

 

 


In the Studio

11/11/17

With Asha Veal, Greg Ruffing, Walking the Braid. Prototyping a different activation of the Braid, a shift in perception occurred. From here on, performative aspects of the work, always already present in diagram uses,  now took center stage.

 

 


The Talking Whiteboards Studio Project

Summer 2016

Most participants in this project engaged The Braid whiteboard, exploring their own modes of working while taking cues from the categories it displays. The Braid diagram emerged earlier this year from my ongoing conversations with artists about their practices.

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Posts 1, 2, 3, 4

Final Talking Whiteboards edits on vimeo channel 


How do you work?

ongoing

Conversations with experimental musicians, composers, and visual artists about their practices, followed by my visualizations of the conversations. In turn, artist’s respond to the visualizations. Since conversations happen in many different places, some of the responses later take place long-distance. Included here are responses that took place in my studio, and in one case, at a studio I had use of during a residency.

Visualizations, seen on the wall behind the artists or musicians, come in two versions – a freely composed scenario (left), and text entered into a Fractal 3-Line Matrix (right). Responses tend to be offered in the artist’s own medium.

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With James Falzone, who responded to visualizations of our How do you work? conversation. Shown is a composite image of documentation.

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With Ken Vandermark, who responded to visualizations of our How do you work? conversation. Shown is a composite image of documentation.

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With Tomeka Reid, who responded to visualizations of ourHow do you work? conversation, at the Roger Brown Studio in New Buffalo, Michigan. Shown is a composite image of documentation.

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With Katharina Klement, who responded to visualizations of our How do you work? conversation. Also participating, Lynn Book. Shown is a composite image of documentation.

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With Lou Mallozzi, who responded to visualizations of our How do you work? conversation. Shown is a composite image of documentation. More about this conversation is published with Chicago Artist Writers, here.

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With Jim Duignan, who responded to visualizations of our How do you work? conversation. Also participating, Katya Balueva. Composite image of documentation. Shown is a composite image of documentation.

Eric Leonardsen

With Eric Leonardson, who responded to visualizations of our How do you work? conversation. Shown is a composite image of documentation.

More about the ongoing series of conversations, visualizations and responses.


In the Studio

1/27/2016

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Inaugurating the newly renovated studio space with a conversation about attending and engagement, with Lin Hixson, Matthew Goulish, K.J. Holmes and Sarah Skaggs, 1/27/2016

 

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