Round table discussion


Finnisage An Invitation to DANCE

Finissage of the exhibition of installation 'An Invitation to DANCE'

Round table discussion (making table) on Sunday 23 June 2019 from 15: 00 hour.

Participants: members of the artistic team around this installation, namely: Pauline Briguet (dancer), Noud heerkens (filmmaker and researcher), Richard van Oosterhout (cinematographer) and Loic Perela (choreographer).
moderator: Jeroen Deckers (Design Platform Rotterdam).

Location: Tent Rotterdam, exhibition space Gym.
Time slot: entry from 15: 00 hour; call from 15: 30 hours, a maximum of one and a half hours.


Summary of the discussion design:
In this finissage of the exhibition, the aforementioned artistic teammates talk to each other about the significance of their film installation that was housed in TENT Rotterdam for a month. This conversation counts as a closing ritual. The public is also actively involved in this conversation.


What is the installation about?
The installation 'An Invitation to DANCE' is a research design, devised by Noud Heerkens, after a very specific cinematic experience of dance. The spectator is no longer considered to be a 'consumer' who makes reclining judgments about the art product, but is emphatically made responsible for her or his experience. Through qualitative research (interviews), Heerkens and his team want to find out if they succeed in actually seeing the visitor take that responsibility.

The active role of the spectator starts immediately upon arrival as the installation 'on hold ' state. Blurry film images of moving dancers are then immediately replaced by highly visible ones. For the rest, that more active role takes place in the body of the viewer: is it going to observe, actively move along, hum along, tempt other visitors to move?


What is the central question in the conversation?
In this respect the value of the idea of ​​giving art reception a slightly different dimension:

"Why is it useful to see the visitor to art production exchange the usual passive role for a more active experience?"


Prior to this, the four participants will have the opportunity to talk about their personal experiences with the development and implementation of the installation. What did the collaboration look like in practice? What were the makers' own challenges and ambitions? They then come together in a flowing movement to discuss the value they attribute to this 'slightly different' cinematic experience of dance. How do they place this value in the broad domain of dance, film and technology?


Main language: English and Dutch.