We love the messy interstitial space of interdisciplinary improvisation.
ON MONDAY, JANUARY 11TH, AT 18H AMSTERDAM TIME, SIMON ROSE AND INGO REULECKE HAVE ACCEPTED WHAT IIIF’S INVITATION TO AN IMPROMPTU READING GROUP DISCUSSION OF THEIR NEWLY PUBLISHED ARTICLE: IMPROVISATION IN DANCE AND MUSIC.
THIS ARTICLE JUST NEWLY PUBLISHED IN HZT-BERLIN IS AVAILABLE ONLINE HERE.
Over the past 9 months, a space has been held by WHAT IIIF? online – a space called WHAT IIIF? Nowhere & Everywhere. This space allows improvisors from Anywhere to meet for 40 minutes of open improvisation. No commute, no hello nor goodbye … a shared moment of presence as if you joined in as you left the lunch or breakfast table, before leaving to run an errand, take a nap or write a paper or a song.
Yesterday, I had an epiphany. For me, this space opened wide the definition of interdisciplinary improvisation. Yesterday, my computer’s camera was focussed on a window – the grid of the panes pleased me and not showing my face, pleased me. The architecture played in direct relationship to the players – it wasn’t about how I interpreted in through my body. I moved the camera around slightly to capture different angles and light, and the sun suddenly shone in the corner of my ZOOM rectangle, a blinding light that stopped cold the harmonica in the next square. And suddenly the clouds were moving across the screen faster and faster, and as they passed by, they became the leitmotif of the moment. The sun and its shadows have played this role as well. The wind has erased my voice, the wind has moved leaves for others to dance to. Weeds have been plucked, water poured, cold has sent us inside then outside again. Suddenly interdisciplinary is no longer just Are we musicians, dancers, actors, writers collaborating ? It is this. But it is also : Are we trees, rocks, plants, buildings, carpets, planets, orbs, wind, water, vapor, shadows and sun ?
Now that WhatIIIF? Berlin had to be postponed to 2021, we decided not to stand still this year… (never waste a good crisis, as they say 😀 )
We started two distinct projects that accept the limitations due to the covid-19 situation and try to create momentum from these circumstances in their own ways – and you are very much invited to participate:
How to improvise via technological tools like tele-conferencing? What are the limitations, what are the joys of these modes of live gatherings, extending into the living spaces of so many people at once, making all those places performance spaces to be used!
Instead of waiting for the moment that physically coming together is possible again, we attempt the impossible and invite everyone to do their own performative research in the possibilities and restrictions of performing via Zoom (or other tools).
We started this in May with the interdisciplinary group of improvisers who had been planning to come to Berlin. We now want to open these performance and research sessions up to anyone out there who is interested.
We have a WhatsApp group in which we announce the online gatherings. Fixed appointment for performing together are for now Wednesdays at 14:00 hours (CEST). With an optional aftertalk/afterdraw session afterwards. Also other performance or research gatherings can be announced through the same channel.
We also started gathering our network and are at the moment hunting for funds to build a website as a platform and interactive library for all improvisation artists, from any country, from any discipline. We want to connect improvisation artists and audiences now that physical proximity and travelling is so much prohibited and most of us might still be sitting at home for months to come. A website to research, get inspired and connected and engage about the art of improvisation – with each other and with our audiences.
Read more about our ambitious plans here.
You are very welcome to join this network of now already 83 artists and organisations from 20 European countries who support this idea and want to be involved.
Contact email@example.com if you would like to be part of this idea!
Once the project starts happening, we will post more here.
We postponed the 2020 Berlin edition of WhatIIIF to May 2021.
The new dates will be:
13 May – 16 May 2021
Upcoming in May, and this time in Berlin, Germany, is the 2021 edition of the yearly research festival WhatIIIF? – a meeting of interdisciplinary improvisers. And you are invited to join!
Find the what, when and how in the open call for participation here:
WhatIIIF 2020 logo by Catharine Cary, photo below by Fabien Collini / performance by Constantin Leu and Catharine Cary
the 2019 edition of WhatIIIF in Gothenborg, Sweden, is going into its second day and the work is expanding, connecting and thickening. What a wonderful, intense time.
If you happen to be close enough, come tomorrow for witnessing more of this process of exchanging about the art of interdisciplinary improvisation performance at Galleri 54 (11:30-15:00) or in the evening during the Tiny Festival where we will do the opening performance at Theater Trixter (18:00)
participant-performers-observers-researchers-editors-authors of WhatIIIF? 2019:
The third beta edition of the What IIIF? gathering is coming up in Gothenborg, Sweden!
From all niches of Europe and beyond a good handful of improvisers will gather 16-19 May 2019 to play, eat and bend their heads together around the maybe impossible question:
How to document and reflect on improvisation in a meaningful way when it comes to interdisciplinarity?
Read up on the participant invite here and join us if you can:
follow this link to see the TUMBLR book on what wonderful things happened at WHAT IIIF? LONDON
We would like to give you an early wake-up call, mark your calendar, fireworks zap ! to join us for the beta 0.3 version of WHAT IIIF?. We will be gathering from noon on the 16th of May to the 19th of May 2019 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
This rendition of What IIIF? Gothenburg is organized in collaboration with The Tiny Festival Producers, Galleri 54 and Teater Trixter.
WHAT IIIF ? —> WHAT IS IT?
The research festival WHAT IIIF ? asks the absurd question, ‘Can improvisation be documented ?’ What IIIF ? Gotenburg is the third beta version (the first was in Amsterdam in 2016, and number two in London in 2018). WHAT IIIF? brings together International Interdisciplinary Improvisation researchers from around Europe. We focus on a method or a concept for several days, and through labs, discussions, performances and observations, we ‘document’ improvisation. Our thought is that this work will feed and develop the open source website www.improvisation.wiki .
THE CHOSEN FOCUS OF RESEARCH FOR WHAT IIIF? GOTHENBURG
For the first two beta festivals, we focussed on documentation methods – video in Amsterdam and writing in London. This time we are interested in the way we connect to other people with our improvisation work. We want to think about the fact that we are always addressing someone and within that awareness, on a meta level, ask how do I use material in the improvisational moment, put it out and put it forward.
Over the next few months, we look forward to developing the particular way we will spend these four days in May working with the circle of people committed to come.
THE PARTICULARITIES OF WHAT IIIF? GOTHENBURG
There is no official participation fee. You are responsible for your travel and housing. We split the costs of the festival among ourselves, usually this does not exceed 40 euros each.
If you would like to join us, please write Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org
with a paragraph telling us why you are fabulous, and why you find a research festival interesting.
If you will be able to apply for funding for your travel and lodging, we can provide you with an official invitation letter from Galleri 54. Please write to email@example.com
What IIIF ? London is beta 0.2 of the Interdisciplinary International Improvisation Festival. This research festival (the first was in Amsterdam in 2017) brings together researchers from around Europe to ask the absurd question, ‘How/Can improvisation be documented ?’
The festival moves within the London Improvisation scene and includes workshops, performances and reflection sessions. We use only one method of documentation for each iteration of the festival. For IIIF Amsterdam, it was video. For What IIIF ? LONDON, it’s writing. Writing it down, on paper, on a computer, on a board, on your hand, printing, printing pages somewhere, cursive, upside down, backwards.
Independent, artist-run and self-organized, nomadic and iterative, absent or present, it’s open to everyone who is interested.
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Organized by hosts: Catharine Cary, Benedikte Esperi and Thomas Johannsen in collaboration with all the participants. Special thanks to Anat Ben-David, Jasper Llewellyn, Independent Dance, Dam Van Huynh/Centre 151, Agata Kik, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Royal College of Art, Anne Duffau, Annette Geisriegl, Maggie Nichols, Esmeralda Detmers, Jagna Anderson, Maria Michailidou and Shelley Owen.