Kill Your Timid Notion Investigations

Kill Your Timid Notion Investigations
Date: 
Sunday 21 February – Sunday 28 February 2010
Venue: 
Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DY
Produced by: 
Arika and Sound and Music

Introduction

Returning to DCA after a triumphant 2008 UK tour of groundbreaking film, music, sound and performance, the 2010 edition of Kill Your Timid Notion featured proposals by a wide range of international artists and provocateurs. Taking KYTN's unique blend of openness and artistic exploration to a new level, the festival was also extended this year to include a week-long ‘Investigations' programme.

For the week leading up to the KYTN festival Arika and Sound and Music invited the folks of Dundee to join them for KYTN ’Investigations’, held at Dundee Contemporary Arts between 21st - 26th February. 
These investigations were about exploring possibilities, sharing ideas, developing processes and reflection.

For these (FREE) ‘Investigations’ participants joined the artists performing at KYTN to probe and explore their unique creative processes, developing those processes towards the a set of open-ended proposals that directly influenced the festival’s performative outcomes.

Investigation Groups

Christof Migone

Christof used some of his existing participatory performances for groups of people as a starting point to explore bodies, space, time and music around Dundee. This involved:



Knockers - An acoustic chap-door-run, with microphone, battery powered amp and people walking the streets of Dundee…


Interval - Representatives of every age between 10 and 60 are asked to repeat their age at the rhythm they choose for the equivalent of their age in minutes.


Flipper - An audio flipbook of 99 books starting with the letter 'A'. 



 

Jarrod Fowler

Jarrod will be organised a number of mobile fieldtrips, investigating how to “affect rhythmic intensities…an engagement with complex rhythmicity…to devise events that are continuous and meanwhile can be open to cooperation, interpretation and back-beating...”

Topics included:


Spacetime - A walk to specific pre-determined locations around DCA


Tides - A trip to the shore of either of Carnoustie


Recycling - A trip to and tour of the Riverside Compost Site


Dialectics - Visits to other concurrently occurring workshops, talks, sound checks, and exhibits at KYTN

 

Loïc Blairon, Marc Baron and Taku Unami

Loïc and Marc are proposing a series of investigations into the tension between improvisation and recording and how it can be used to engage with different spaces and environments around Dundee. Participants were asked to think about:

the situation for improvisation
the situation for recording
the goal of improvisation
the goal of recording improvisation
the individual proposal of everybody involved
thinking and developing your own music
reflecting on the recording of your proposals
   
With Taku we’ll carry out some simple proposals for doing almost nothing, for re-thinking sound with whatever comes to hand. Participants were asked to think about:

small, performative actions
maximum effort for minimum outcome
agitation
setting things in motion
working with simple ideas
working with whatever comes to hand

 

Unstable, Fragile But Daring Together
Emma Hedditch / Anthony Iles / Mattin / Howard Slater

Proposal:
“We are fixed into identities useful to capitalism, but what we actually have in common is our ability to invent ourselves. Can we play without instruments as ‘instruments of sensitive living’? Can we abandon the laboured lies of identities and of careers and begin the real activity of fictionalising/composing ourselves? Our gender, class and sexuality, are social relations in flux, let’s deal with our differences!

Nervous? Insecure? Let’s not look elsewhere, we can dare together through a commitment to instability. Will our performative drive for self-invention crash, break down or run out of gas? And if it burns... how will it burn? If it does burn let’s enjoy the heat while we reconsider our capacity for empowering each other. We will take whatever comes our way.”

Photos: 
KYTN Investigations Briefing Session. Photo by Bryony McIntyre
Taku Unami. Photo by Bryony McIntyre
Jarrod Fowler. Photo by Bryony McIntyre
Investigation Sheets. Photo by Bryony McIntyre
Investigation group. Photo by Bryony McIntyre
Jarrod Fowler investigation props. Photo by Bryony McIntyre
Jarrod Fowler investigation props. Photo by Bryony McIntyre
Loic Baron performance. Photo by Bryony McIntyre
Investigation sheet. Photo by Bryony McIntyre
Investigation group. Photo by Bryony McIntyre
Christoph Migone performance. Photo by Bryony McIntyre
Investigation space 1. Photo by Bryony McIntyre
Investigation sheet. Photo by Bryony McIntyre
Investigation sheet. Photo by Bryony McIntyre
Investigation wall. Photo by Bryony McIntyre
Investigation group. Photo by Bryony McIntyre

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