In this workshop Public Recordings offers a site to research ways and means of making that promote shared agency and authorship. Participants will explore practical elements and systems borrowed from some of our recent performance projects that approach common issues of group work. Through physical practice, sound-making, listening, writing, and reflection, we will articulate tensions between different conceptions of collectivity and explore how they migrate across art forms and processes.
Inspired by “Popular Education” philosophy, What’s Collective? seeks to emphasize the lived experience of participants as the catalyst for shared insights. Beginning with a reading of Jo Freeman’s text “The Tyranny of Structurelessness”, What’s Collective? provides a space to consider how group processes can produce positive outcomes–– inside and outside of art.
The workshop can be offered in two different formats: a weeklong daily class (3h/day) or a 1-2 day symposium (6h/day).
Co-designed and facilitated by Liz Peterson, Evan Webber, and Christopher Willes. A project by Public Recordings. Developed with the support of the Milieux Institute / LePARC and The Centre for Expanded Poetics at Concordia University. Photographs: Christopher Willes.