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Week 10: Articulating Practice & Workshop (ART718)

Updated: Jan 24

Week beginning: 6th December 2023

Articulating Practice / Workshop / Tutorials

Articulating Presence - Performing Bodies

Presence - the state or fact of existing, occurring, or being present.

A person or thing that exists or is present in a place but is not seen.

What is presence?

The state or fact of existing, occurring, or being present.

How is this manifested in our individual practices?

I feel the act of presence is manifested within an individuals practice through the use of texture and composition, creating a sense of feeling and atmosphere.

How does our work show presence?

Artists work shows presence through the acts of composition and storytelling, the mere existence of atmosphere and mood sets a scene and expels the audience into a range of emotions, whether that be sad, angry, happy etc..

What is the experience of presence?

Being present and aware of your surroundings. Emotions, feelings, thoughts and ideas in that moment.

"We abolish the stage and the auditorium and replace them by a single site, without partition or barrier of any kind, which will become the theatre of the action. A direct communication will be re-established between the spectator and the spectacle, between the actor and the spectator, from the fact that the spectator, placed in the middle of the action, is engulfed and physically affected by it.’

                                                                                 -  Antonin Artaud

Articulate- Able to express thoughts and feelings easily and clearly, or showing this quality.

‘Occurring in relation to situated acts, ‘presence’ not only invites consideration of individual experience, perception and consciousness, but also directs attention outside the self into the social and the spatial, toward the enactment of ‘co-presence’ as well as perceptions and habitations of place. Presence implies temporality, too - a fulcrum of presence is tense and the relationship between past and present.’

Giannachi, Kaye & Shanks Archaelogies of Presence (2012)


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