Weaving intentions with manuals

Tool box, shoe box, inventory, diary, archive, remembrance of things past, we propose here different navigations between documents, datas, materials gathered during our working period at the Advanced Performance Training programme in Antwerp.

Following our research thread into the relations between machines and bodies, we turned toward objects and tools of everyday life, unravelling the complex relationship between the bodily, the spatial and the social as it emerges in the repetitive contact / touch between bodies, objects and (other) bodies.

“Machines learn about bodies and bodies learn about machines. Dialogues happen at different levels and in various forms: code, hardware, interface, language, gestures, circuits. Those conversations are sometimes gentle in tone - ubiquitous requests almost go unnoticed - and other times they take us by surprise because of their authoritative and demanding nature: “Put That There†. How can we think about such feed back loops in productive ways? How are interactions translated into software, and how does software result in interaction? Could the practice of using and producing free software help us find a middle ground between technophobia and technofetishism? (V/J10: Mutual motions)â€

Touching code, objects, others (or: Object oriented) is a series workshops and meetings into which we invited designers, DIY sound artists, video artists, programmers and dancers to share their experience, in order to enhance our sense of the relationships between our bodies and the programmes operating on it.

Hybrid and cross-disciplinary encounters are part of our daily work; our tool box consists of open platforms and interdisciplinary knowledge exchange so in our research proposal we used words such as objects, body, notations, performativity, interface, assuming that this vocabulary is shared across disciplines... but are they really? How can we make visible and accessible thoughts and actions, but above all gaps, frictions, tensions, and the creative potentialities of the interstices between the use and the understandings of these words, concepts, tools?

While participating in the activities during this three month period, books we read, texts we wrote and works we produced were coloured by the workshops and discussions with participants in the project. This website is therefore besides an archive of materials produced, following our practice with free software and free licenses, also a repository of resources. We invite you to explore these documents by:

Date: Diary mode, the documents are dated according or the moment we used or produced them, or the event they are linked to.

Keyword: Issues, concepts, impressions contained, linked, derived from the material

Type: Type of material we proposed: texts to be read, interviews to be listened to, manual of a workshop, etc.

By fragment: The text on the “home†page, is continously renewed, made of fragments of the material proposed, a cadavre exquis in motion, each fragment leading to a document, each document leading to other data. Reading this text could make sense, or not, but certainly give a sense of the concepts we brought together, stitching them together without fusing them, dissolving them. But keeping the flaws, the interstices visible, under tension.


APT (Advanced Performance Training)
APT is a post-graduate 12 month performance research program, developed out of the individual projects of the participants, and based on the principles of self-education and collaboration.


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