motione participant Arts, media and Engineering

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research: creating collaborative art
grid picture Interactive, multimodal art
putting together a team
aesthetic coherence
supporting long term research

Development through collaborative experimentation: achieving a productive combination of team and individual work

participants pictureThe complexity and breadth of the project made it impossible for any one person in the team to have a bird’s eye view of the project or knowledge and control of all its aspects. Many of the things the team was trying to accomplish were new experiences for all participants. It was thus impossible to ask anyone to draft ahead of time with any accuracy the final form of the work or the complete implementation plan of the project. Each piece was developed through collaborative experimentation and interaction.

The process combined team and smaller group sessions. The full team discussed the overall piece and made preliminary decisions on some sections or elements. This would be dancersfollowed by development/implementation sessions by each group of experts (dancers/choreographer, graphic artists, motion analysis group, composers, etc). The whole team would then reconvene to see and hear the work of each group and attempt to put all the parts together. They would evaluate the development of the work as a whole and decisions about the next few steps were taken. One of the most challenging issues the team had to confront in these evaluation sessions was finding ways for participants to productively discuss the whole project while respecting the expertise of each participant.



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