Academy afternoon

The Academy of ICK stands for the deepening, development and sharing of knowledge in the field of dance practice. The academy has two lines: education and research. Both lines are synchronized with ICK's creation processes. Artistic content is applied and transferred in a wide range of different educational projects. Research activities start from a deepening impulse within the practice and strive to make explicit, to preserve and to create bridges of dialogue between artistic contents, educational activities and society.

13:30 – 14:15             
Workshop - Toolkit – DS/DM (breathing)
Departing from the basic element of Breathing in the DoubleSkin/DoubleMind method and using the Sensorium –Toolkit for dance, this workshop will offer you a glimpse into ICK’s movement philosophy, stimulating awareness and guiding you to explore your physicality through sensorial input. By Barbara Meneses. No dance experience required. Bring comfortable clothes to move in.

DoubleSkin|DoubleMind method
Double Skin/Double Mind (DS/DM) is a dance method developed by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten to discover the sensitivity of the body through four basic principles: Breathing, Jumping, Expanding and Reducing. This awareness of the possibilities that the body can generate is necessary when creating new choreographic material. Because of this, the DS/DM method is the basis of every individual performance by Greco and Scholten. The DS/DM method is offered as a masterclass, a training or a workshop to both amateurs and professionals. Experiencing the DS/DM method can lead to a new physical and mental awareness in which intention and form coincide. DS/DM also provides insight into the artistic work of the two choreographers.

Sensorium - Toolkit for Dance
This physical box filled with elements to feel, hear, watch and smell stimulates you to move and to dance on the basis of sensorial input and provides tools to generate movement material from an awareness of the connection between body and mind.

Illustrations, sounds, smells and textures form the starting point for physical exploration and for the natural process of concentration, information processing, creative association and imagination and layered movement creation.

14:20 – 14:40 
Presentation- 360º degrees research, Lyndsey Housden (KABK) / Arad Inbar (ICK)  
In this presentation Lyndsey Housden will present her research project 360º which she has been developing supported by ICK. The project explores the potential for exchange between the fields of robotics, movement analysis and dance. It brings together material research from the field of soft robotics and the knowledge from dancers about the conscious and unconscious body. Research into movement generation based on breathing was developed in collaboration with ICK dancer Arad Inbar.

The project is inspired in part by the experience of medical procedure, which considers medical imaging as a definitive reference to the condition of the living human body. This protocol frames sections of the human body into fixed states and is incapable of capturing the constantly changing biological system, or the factors situated beyond the technological lens. Positioned in between the discrete methods of science and the continuous methods of the performing arts, 360º aims to take a third position that seeks to enable new perspectives on, and experiences of, the body.

Lyndsey Housden is a tutor in the BA Interactive/Media/Design at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) and member of the KABK 2019 research group.

14:45 – 15:05 
Presentation - Current Annotation and Documentation research at ICK 
ICK is developing since 2016, in team with Motion Bank, new forms of documentation notation and embodied knowledge transmission via live- and post annotation of creative processes of artists working at ICK. Suzan Tunca will give an introduction on how ICK has been working with Piecemaker2 and Piecemaker3 (prototypes for a multi-user application that assists in annotation and scoring dance). The vocabulary developed during ten years of research into the choreographic language of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten plays a key role in developing methods that can enhance meaningful annotation of video registrations from rehearsal processes. The aim is to ensure in depth generation and transmission of choreographic knowledge through time and to open up the contents of the creative processes to a wider audience. 

15:05 – 15: 15  
Presentation - Online Score of 60 by Amos Ben Tal  
This presentation will give an impression of how the annotation tool Piecemaker3 was used during the creation of the performance 60 by Amos Ben Tal and how it formed the basis for the creation of an Online Score using Mosys software developed by Motion Bank.
(by Suzan Tunca)

15:15 – 15:40  
Film Screening of L’Age d’Or by Eric Minh Cuong Castaing. 
L’age D’or, by choreographer and visual artist Eric Minh Cuong Castaing, is a film and a choreographic performance for dancers and physically disabled children, using virtual reality technology. Eric Minh’s choreographic work explores modes of relationality, representation and the perception of the body in the 21st century. He interrogates dualities between reality and fiction, nature and culture, the organic and the artificial and presents his works in the fields of both the performing and the visual arts.

For the time frame 2020 -2022 ICKamsterdam will collaborate with Eric Minh Cuong Castaing (Compagnie Shonen) around three projects that Eric M.C.C. has started to develop already and which will be supported in their further deepening and diffusion in The Netherlands, being L’Age D’or one of them.

ICK Amsterdam will support these projects by, on one hand, offering the possibility to re-create the projects in The Netherlands and, on the other hand, implementing the current documentation and annotation tools to document the creative process. The goal is to analyze the documented material in order to extract a model on how to address physically the target group (physically disabled children) on a way that brings a relevant improvement on their daily quality of life.  

15:45 – 16:00 
Presentation Map to the Stars by Charlie Duran
Charlie Duran will present the outcome of the European project Map to the Stars, an application that provides tools to school teachers to integrate dance and movement in their curriculum.

MAP TO THE STARS is an education project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union aimed to give young generations the opportunity to rediscover dance and movement, stimulating creativity of pupils aged 8-12 and providing tools to school teachers to integrate dance and movement in their curriculum.

The project is an initiative coordinated by Ballet National de Marseille and involves as partners: the dance platform ICK Amsterdam, the municipal theatre and performance space Mercat de les Flors from Barcelona and Explora, the children’s museum of Rome.


16:30 – 17:00 
Presentation - Harmonic Dissonance: Synchron(icit)y 
Can we capture the essence of human connectedness; the elusive sense of “oneness” that lies above and beyond the mere physical presence of another human body? Do our objective measurement tools suffice to capture the subjective experience of human harmony and dissonance? Harmonic Dissonance: Synchron(icit)y revolves around a dialogue between neuroscientific research on “synchrony” and the artistic interpretation of “synchronicity” within the choreographic work of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten. Synchronicity is here understood as a “dual utopia”, an aim, an ideal, whereby a qualitative relation of being “one body” is aimed for, which is clearly distinguished from merely dancing in unison. The languages and conceptual categories from both artistic and scientific contexts are brought in relation to each other as a departure point for artistic and scientific experimentation.

Dance researcher Suzan Tunca will give an introduction to the contents and research n progress of this collaboration between Suzanne Dikker, Matthias Oostrik, Arnaud Traa and ICK. 

17:00 – 17:30 
Mutual Brain Wave experiment 
This experiment is developed by Suzanne Dikker & Matthias Oostrik (made possible by Emotiv, OpenFrameworks, and Jennifer Silbert) as an extension of their collaboration with Marina Abramovic’s art/science exploration into  “The Magic of the Mutual Gaze” which happened in the context of her  “The Artist is Present” event at MoMA. Members of the audience wear Emotiv EPOC EEG headsets which allows them to experience the visualization of their brainwaves. In the visualization heads merge in and out of each other relative to the degree of brainwave synchronization between two people. The score count goes up every time the heads overlap perfectly. This experiment has been executed as a neuroscience educational tool and competitive game and will be the kick off for a closing discussion about the contents of the ICK Academy event.

DIKKER + OOSTRIK generously provide the software and Emotivs for this audience experience.
Suzan Tunca will guide the experiment, where coupled members of the audience will wear the Emotiv headsets. The experiment will become the kick-off for the closing discussion.

DIKKER + OOSTRIK is comprised of interactive media artist Matthias Oostrik, cognitive neuroscientist/artist Suzanne Dikker, and friends. Their work has been exhibited in numerous venues and museums, including The Garage Museum for Contemporary Art (Moscow), the Benaki Museum (Athens), Pioneer Works (Brooklyn), and EYE Film Institute (Amsterdam). In 2016, The Creators Project named Dikker & Oostrik among the “Brainwave Artists [that] Are Crafting the Future of Immersive Experiences”, and the Mutual Wave Machine, a brain-synchrony based interactive art/science installation, received the Netherlands Royal Academy of the Sciences Art of Neuroscience Award. Their work has been supported by the the Creative Industries Fund, National Science Foundation (USA), Stichting Niemeijer Fonds, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, and various arts organizations including Marina Abramovic Institutes and TodaysArt.

17:30 – 18:00 

Time to pose your questions and share your reflections.

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