Small Changes in A Grey Landscape

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Small Changes in A Grey Landscape Kevin Schwenkler + Lindsay Parnell

A collaborative zine of scores and images generated throughout January and February of 2018 in Southwest Finland.


Spur of the Moment

A Piece for Kristiina Duration: Each set is the length of time water takes to drop to floor *Then ‘dong’ every time we notice* Sets: A. Ignore every impulse B. Amplify every impulse C. Reverb -> everything must be done equally between both sides, distances, etc. D. Investigate space E. Investigate body through object

Kevin + Lindsay 1/5/18



Prelude to Performance For two performers. Each one does a different everyday task. Afterwards, take a few moments to consider the task’s existence in time. Does it have its own timing logic? Repeat the task several times in your mind. This sets each performer’s pace for what is to follow. Examples for subsequent material: -Small Changes in a Grey Landscape -Dream-struggles

Kevin

1/24/18



Score For a New Place *Optional: With a partner (guide for safety), close your eyes. Otherwise, eyes open. 1.) You are primarily listening. Find a surpising sound. 2.) Then, find or invent a misleading trajectory. Follow it. 3.) If you are surprised by touch or sound, end. If, instead, your trajectory ends, repeat from 1. Variations: -“Listen� to another sense. Smell is especially interesting. -Relate the trajectory to the engaged sense.

Kevin

1/8/18



Small Changes in a Grey Landscape A.) B.)

Create a task. Stay on that task while thinking about something else. The moment that you are aware of what you are doing, you must blend in for a beat. Have an idea. Wander from that idea and then physicalize.

Notes: Create duets with someone in a different room. One person can be doing A & B at the same time.

Kevin + Lindsay 1/8/18







Making A Trail Go through a space that you live in and adjust each piece of furniture so that it is slightly angled to the right of its normal position. Count how many pieces of furniture you have used. This number is X. Exist in the space for X amount of days before putting the furniture back in its original placement. Variation: You may put one piece of furniture back into its original placement each day.

Lindsay

1/24/18



Walking Underneath of A Grey Sky - Lengthen as long as you can - Slowness//stillness - Follow a route and only veer off when you feel necessary - Melt into spaces and onto hills - Patterning

Lindsay 1/8/18



Our timer is always the duck quacking sound that is in the “classics” category on iPhones.



Again The Question of Stringing Together Discrete Events Into a Continuity Get things just so. When you are ready, Start from stillness & silence. Move and/or sound through a discrete, cyclical event. Such as: -a (long) tone between breaths, -a single stride, -a fall & rise. Do so repeatedly. Try, by some contrivance or finesse, to make the discrete events into a continuous stream. Throughout, if you succeed, try something else. Having tried alone and having failed, ask a partner for aid. Feel free to spend time planning. Have tried together and having failed, ask a third for aid. And so on. Kevin

1/11/18



Timeliness - Take a breath as deeply as you can. - Hold the breath in for as long as you can. Throughout this time, find something or someone you’d like to be close to. Get close to that thing or person. - Let out your entire breath onto the thing or person.

Lindsay

1/12/18



(Re)-Sequencing of Events Take a shower doing your entire sequence of events backwards. If you do this in the morning, notice how your entire day changes or doesn’t change because of the alteration. If you do this in the evening, notice how your sleep changes or doesn’t change because of the alteration. Describe your sleep or day in five words.

Lindsay

1/23/18







Body as a Grid Imagine your body as a grid of 1 inch x 1 inch squares. Choose as section as large as you’d like and spend one minute on each square massaging it against the floor and adding more or less pressure onto the square. Example: 8 squares = 8 minutes Be sure to roll your body the entire way to the edge of the square you are focusing on. Variation: Each of the squares you choose should not be connected to each other within the grid.

Lindsay

1/15/18



“Machine That Jiggles Your Legs For You� Find a useless family gift (ex: toe socks from cousin) or similar object. Decide if it implies some motion. If not, find another object. If so, move that way. This is hopefully hi larious.

Kevin

1/12/18



Restlessness Duet Restlessness Duet (Kevin #2 1/10/18) Performer 1: Watch the audience for signs of restlessness or agitation. As it mounts, ding something. Be kind and decent. Performer 2: Make a troubling sound or restless movement. Repeat it. It should not be loud or dangerous, but it may be one that you personally dislike. When you hear a ding, stop. Think of a new sound or movement, make that instead. Variations: - Instead of dings coming “as agitation mounts� purely per the discretion of performer 1: - You might let the audience decide amongst themselves. This could be done by consensus, single-vote veto, or in small groups. - You might follow a highly subjective chart.

Kevin

1/10/18



Single-headedness The human body is bilateral, apart from the head and spine. So that, by leading with your head, you alleviate the need to alternate sides in movement. Leading with your head, move. While doing so, consider learning to write your name in cursive. Disregard your dominant side (if any).

Kevin

1/15/18



Dream-Struggles Think about the way objects can misbehave in dreams, rendering simple tasks impossible. Set up some everyday objects in such a way as to trigger this feeling. Maintaining that feeling, move with them as an ensemble. Remember there is often an easy waking solution to these struggles. WIthout doing that, can you still somehow succeed, but on dreamish terms?

Kevin

1/16/18



Movement Memories 1.) Begin dancing as you would at the club with your friends. 2.) Choose one movement that feels really good. 3.) Repeat that movement until you can remember a previous circumstance you were in where you enacted that movement. Write down an overview of that experience including who you were with, where you were, how you felt, the time of year and anything else you can remember.

Lindsay

1/11/18



A Duet With A Wall *to do in a space with a mirror wall - like a dance or exercise studio* Place yourself an arms length away from the mirror. See yourself in the mirror. Trace yourself in the mirror with your eyes - repeat until you are sure of your position on the mirror. Start taking deep breaths. With each breath, see your traced self disappear and begin to get closer to the mirror until you can feel it on your body. Roll your body along the mirror while the mirror no longer serves as a reflection, but rather a partner in a duet. Continue moving as you please until the end of the duet. Optional Ending: When to duet is complete, place yourself an arms length away from the mirror again and repeat the same breathing process, this time allowing each breath to bring back your reflection little by little. Variation: When initially tracing yourself in the mirror, do so with your finger. Lindsay

1/16/18



SAUNA


SCORES


Stages of Saunaing Part I: Stages of Dryness After becoming significantly wet/sweaty in the sauna, go outside. Take twenty steps away from the sauna. Rise + fall until you start to feel a sticky sensation on your skin. Part II: Stages of Stickiness Start to rub the stickiness on your skin until you begin shedding. When ready, go back into the sauna. Part III: Stages of Wetness In the sauna, continue moving at least one part of your body until you start sweating. Once you feel the sweat, begin to massage your body utilizing the natural lubricant. Do this until your entire body is massaged and sweaty.

Lindsay

1/30/18



Lighting the Sauna Make a small fire by any means. Without moving fast, add to it quickly. Focus on this one simple task absolutely. When it is large enough, walk away.

While It Heats Listen to the furnace. Imagine its sounds as speech. Attempt a translation. When is it asking for more wood?

Kevin

1/30/18



Cooldown Slowly, but with quick intent, walk out into the cold. Can you hear the heat of your body in the small drifts of steam? Raise both arms. Do you hear your heartbeat? Exclaim, pause, and re-enter.

Kevin

1/30/18



Steam(ing) After spending 10-20 minutes in the sauna, go outside and notice the steam. The first time, watch it. Notice its distance, pattern and shape. The second time, begin to move, following the steam and its direction, but not quite mimicking it. The third time, embody the steam moving as you have observed the past two times. Continue doing this even as the steam disappears, until you are ready to go back into the sauna.

Lindsay

1/30/18




#LifeAtSaari At the Saari Residence, we focused on research into the development of scores and the peculiarities of their language. Since this is tied with group listening practices and group dynamics, our project benefitted from developing connections with fellow residents and with the area as a social space. We conducted movement and sound workshops in Turku, a city close to the residency. This research, combined with methods for the collaborative generation of scores based on listening and scribing practices, lead to specific set material for a performance that will be shown whenever we return to the states. We want to thank Kone Foundation for their support throughout this residency.



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