During the workshop participants will attempt to explore storytelling and public space. The initial part, the walk, is crusial. It offers a narrative flickering between reflexive poetry and poetic theory. The scenic space is the perception of the spectator. There is no particular representation or spectacular element. The city is considered as the mirror of all possible questions. Public space, the space of the “Polis” is the birthplace of all political models largely defining personal identities. We occasionally return to the public space attempting to find answers or questions and recover lost meaning.
1st stage: Listening. Crossing the urban space trying to discover “meaningful” places. In that case anything can be meaningful. It may concern history, aesthetics, architecture or incidental events. Sometimes, it is just intuition. Anything can be chosen: a monumental building, an ancient ruin, a bridge, a crossroad, even the marks on the wall of a rather insignificant building.
2nd stage: Excavating. Examining all available sources about each “meaningful” spot. Text, images and testimonies. We don’t stop until we find a “joint”. In that case anything can function as a joint; an anecdotal detail, an aesthetic remark, some historical context or depth. All possible elements that underline the political, philosophical, poetic perspective of a personal experience. A joint is a narrative element that indicates an unexpected connection, an association between two points previously perceived as unrelated.
3rd stage: Assembling. Trying to put together in a sequence the points of interest. In order to do that, we index the themes/questions associated with every chosen specific space and try to classify them. We examine the intersections of meaning, the overlapping associations, the emotional flux and all possible qualities of narrative, time and space. At the end, we try several sequences so as to create a dramaturgy, an escalating movement in space and in the mind of our guests.
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