The Subject is Dead, Short Lived is the New Subject, Do Be Do Be Do
Jack will wrap up his two year research fellowship at Danslab on the implications and stimulations of Speech Act Theory. Since 2009, Jack has been testing the potency of the theory on dancers and has created working methods to translate categories of speech acts -commissives, acknowledgements, constatives and directives- into physical attitudes and performance intentions. With this new map, Gallagher started creating seamless combinations of spoken and danced performative 'artifacts'. During his third phase of his two year research fellowship, together with Marjolein Vogels and Thieu Besselink, Jack will create a culminary work with demonstrative dance material, text and music.
Jack will then focus on a report, an analyses and compilation in video form of all three phases since 2009 for online publication using footage and commentary of the studio research and four related choreographic projects: Idioblast (ICK Amsterdam 2011), The Rhetorics of Space (Fonty's Dansacademie 2011) “PARA_SOL” (2011) with conceptual artist Gosse de Kort and “Entwined Bolero” (2011) with Visual Artist Jennifer Tee.
The Output of research is a specialized presentation and Jack considers the creation of relevant user friendly output to be the true motivation of his Danslab fellowship. The formatted research output emphasizes the value of research based art practices as specialized knowledge dissemination, as conversation starters, as challenges to other disciplines and practices and is bring dance knowledge into the discursive spheres of humanities, arts and sciences as well as being an educative tool in enlarging the appreciation for Dance.
- PRESENTATION: On Saturday, 30 July (4pm) Jack will have a research presentation during SummerNEST - an annual group show presenting all artists and designers residing in the DCRbuilding. The expeditions shows a variety of art works of diverse disciplines. It presents paintings, drawings and photos, as well as an app for the iPhone, a light model, sophisticated sound equipment and presentations by the public institutions as Zeebelt theatre, Danslab, sound studio Loos and the residency program Gueststudios.
Earlier research steps:
PHASE 1: Insights and Conjectures regarding PSAT
“During my first Danslab research in 2009, I aimed at keeping my work simple, thorough, and methodical: Testing, Testing, Testing. Now, one year later I find that repetition is crucial in establishing a new streamlined formula for a continued research process. Play (test), Learn (test), Create (test). (Playing and Learning are interchangeable; I even recommend this). Phase II began in October 2010; I feel as if I am swimming in open seas. Together with dancer Marjolein Vogels, I've thrown myself into the science of crafting a process for making dance with the conceptual tools derived from PSAT.”
“The Studio becomes a Laboratory. Enact this change by stating it! Say to your team: This is not a studio for making dance, but a laboratory for exploring two constructions: the linguistic facility (the network of body parts that contain the linguistic processing and articulating) and the Lacanian 'Big Other' (that which is not the body but resides within it). The body is occupied by a 'Big Other' by means of the language system.”
“This ongoing research should tell me how to locate these in a dancer and how to make the distinction between the machinery of culture and the performing artist/dancer.”
“A key question emanates from this re-visitation:
If -as society is fond of saying- the body never lies? Then who or what is doing the lying? The devil made me do it?
The key concepts being chased by the research include the following: immaterial violence, the material body, symptom, occupation, genre games, sub-somatic systems of translation and transference and representation…
Phase 2 (July 2011):
Jack will wrap up his two year research fellowship at the Danslab on the implications and stimulations of Speech Act Theory. Since 2009, Jack has been testing the potency and created working methods to translate categories of speech acts -commissives, acknowledgements, constatives and directives- into physical attitudes and performance intentions. Together with Marjolein Vogels, Jack will create a summary report with demonstrative dance material. He will then complete a video report for publication on line. Jack will focus on the output, it's form and content and draw upon the 4 related projects since 2009: Performing Performatives (Danslab 2009) Idioblast (ICK Amsterdam 2011) The Rhetorics of Space (Fonty's Dansacademie 2011) and Output:Documenting Change (Danslab 2011).