The Laboratory is a space to provoke the question of staging the political, how art-making can be a tool to provoke questions which are not asked yet or rethink the questions which are already there.
The project ran for four days in Balaguer, Catalonia. The focus was being part of and engaging with the local community of Balaguer, to get input on how to perform spaces. Therefore, we were collaborating with the city to support the laboratory, with both local and international artists.
The structure was open regarding the outcome since it is aimed to be based on here/now meaning we needed to be in the city, as a starting point for our devising process to generate small performances reflecting on issues brought up by the participant.
The first day held different exercises aiming
to encourage the artists for divergent thinking and to respond with 5-minutes long performances reflecting on the topics they brought.The aim here was to challenge the ability to communicate a subject relevant to oneself to a third party. Each performance had a feedback session by the other artists than the creator, who would then reveal reflect on their outcome to anchor points for both creators and observers to discuss what worked and what didn’t work regarding communicating.
The second day focused on exchanging topics between the participant, allowing the other to be the voice of the other, and how one responsively deals with this responsibility to communicate what is essential for the person who gave the consent.The third day dedicated to randomising the list of the small performance generated day one and two.
Discussions about the audience we are approaching, and then mapping the performances in the given space. The fourth day dedicated for the setup and the scenography, to deliver an encounter space. The 5 minutes performances function was to lay out the ground of the meeting in Lapallavacara. Challenging the space rules such as opening the back door, which is usually it is closed, brought the neighbouring Rom audience to the space, and that allowed a different encounter between the rom people and the rest of the community. This meeting I assume was the political not necessarily the small performances, and to conclude, the cynosure scenographicly talking is facilitating possibilities rather than doing a specific act performatively talking, and utilise scenography as a reorganiser of exciting structure rather than building new structures.