Nonsense Lab

Department of Biological Flow
Pas de deux
2012
ballizein poetics
5:04 [26:20]

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[google docs live editing (or a dance floor) > 2 artificial identities + 2 poems > lexaunculpt time constraint and danced remix to 3rd poem = ‘pas de deux’]

Department of Biological Flow
Writ Discrete
2014
performance
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former Northern Telecom cable production plant
Kingston, ON
January 19, 2014

Dan GrahamHelix / Spiral (Simone Forti)1973two 8mm films, enlarged to 16mm, colour

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"In Dan Graham’s double projection Helix / Spiral (1973), a performer, standing in an empty Soho lot, slides the back of a camera across her body in a helix-shaped movement, filming a second performer, the artist Jeff Wall. In a projection on the opposite wall, he is seen filming the first performer, moving in a spiral towards her. The helix/spiral camerawork of both performers splits the cinematic image into two vertical and horizontal movements, in which the body’s relationship to space is explored through the physical apparatus of the camera.”

Dan Graham
Helix / Spiral (Simone Forti)
1973
two 8mm films, enlarged to 16mm, colour

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"In Dan Graham’s double projection Helix / Spiral (1973), a performer, standing in an empty Soho lot, slides the back of a camera across her body in a helix-shaped movement, filming a second performer, the artist Jeff Wall. In a projection on the opposite wall, he is seen filming the first performer, moving in a spiral towards her. The helix/spiral camerawork of both performers splits the cinematic image into two vertical and horizontal movements, in which the body’s relationship to space is explored through the physical apparatus of the camera.”

Merlin Carter
Abstract Calisthenics I
2012

Department of Biological Flow
Writ Discrete
2014
performance
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former Northern Telecom cable production plant
Kingston, ON

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Negentropic gesture. A fragile yarn structure forms a fluid grid of red sensors or offers subtle shade from the surveillant camera above. The two artists, blindfolded and tied to the four directions at the wrists and ankles by jute twine, begin to write or dance.

Final chosen works for Project Anywhere are in and posted for the 2014-15 season. Department of Biological Flow's Channel Surf is one of 5 projects worldwide selected for this program of arts-based research inquiry.

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Channel Surf is an open platform for arts-based research that will unfold during a 200km journey paddling from Kingston to Ottawa along Canada’s Rideau Canal. With approximately 30 participants at any one time (the majority completing the entire trip and a smaller subset dynamically interchanging along the journey), it is envisaged that daily activities of co-creation and mutual learning will emerge.  Accordingly, the canal will metaphorically assume the role of information channel, and the paddlers that of data packets invested with inventive agency in transit.

Final chosen works for Project Anywhere are in and posted for the 2014-15 season. Department of Biological Flow's Channel Surf is one of 5 projects worldwide selected for this program of arts-based research inquiry.

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Channel Surf is an open platform for arts-based research that will unfold during a 200km journey paddling from Kingston to Ottawa along Canada’s Rideau Canal. With approximately 30 participants at any one time (the majority completing the entire trip and a smaller subset dynamically interchanging along the journey), it is envisaged that daily activities of co-creation and mutual learning will emerge. Accordingly, the canal will metaphorically assume the role of information channel, and the paddlers that of data packets invested with inventive agency in transit.

Department of Biological FlowArtist Statement

Nominally, the Department of Biological Flow is a co-compositional experiment in research-creation practice for aesthetic philosophy. We also often describe this practice more readily as that of precarious insects who develop an art-philosophistry of concepts and movement to inform our curving vectors of life technique for survival in the control society.

Movement made thought through gesture is the first compositional turn of inquiry: our pure means and the first mediation for generating lifeworlds. We move fluidly between performance, installation, text, image, video, poetry and motion capture to engage themes of relation, energetics, hospitality and ethics. Our work explores process itself as the most plastic of the arts of living; we are very concerned with this plasticity and its potentials for plastination or plastique.

Relation here is understood as a constellation of forces, not as independent term. Not an identity, but rather a movement. And a moment: the transformative interface of play moving space-time haptically, ephemerally, reconfigured perceptions of signal both extracted from and woven together with noise — a filtering and a faltering for collaborative exploration, an embodied attunement to context generating intuitive knowledge that falls ambiguously aside language.

We are interested aesthetically in fragility, imagination, intermediality and tempo. Emergent ecologies of practice coalesce in birthing form: i’mpulsion. Everything more or less falls apart in the end.

This ephemerality is perhaps most explicit in our curated events, which exist at the myriad intersections of art, philosophy, movement and pedagogy. Here we attempt to work through various problems that could be considered an ecological aesthetics, not simply in the traditional sense of a green environment but also in terms of the new grey ecologies based in electrical systems and information networks.

Exploring trajectory and curvature, spending time with other creators thinking and working on new ways of coexisting; establishing and/or rejecting ecological models of aesthetic practice; or simply listening and learning and developing a craft.

Until forgetting it anew.

Department of Biological Flow
Artist Statement

Nominally, the Department of Biological Flow is a co-compositional experiment in research-creation practice for aesthetic philosophy. We also often describe this practice more readily as that of precarious insects who develop an art-philosophistry of concepts and movement to inform our curving vectors of life technique for survival in the control society.

Movement made thought through gesture is the first compositional turn of inquiry: our pure means and the first mediation for generating lifeworlds. We move fluidly between performance, installation, text, image, video, poetry and motion capture to engage themes of relation, energetics, hospitality and ethics. Our work explores process itself as the most plastic of the arts of living; we are very concerned with this plasticity and its potentials for plastination or plastique.

Relation here is understood as a constellation of forces, not as independent term. Not an identity, but rather a movement. And a moment: the transformative interface of play moving space-time haptically, ephemerally, reconfigured perceptions of signal both extracted from and woven together with noise — a filtering and a faltering for collaborative exploration, an embodied attunement to context generating intuitive knowledge that falls ambiguously aside language.

We are interested aesthetically in fragility, imagination, intermediality and tempo. Emergent ecologies of practice coalesce in birthing form: i’mpulsion. Everything more or less falls apart in the end.

This ephemerality is perhaps most explicit in our curated events, which exist at the myriad intersections of art, philosophy, movement and pedagogy. Here we attempt to work through various problems that could be considered an ecological aesthetics, not simply in the traditional sense of a green environment but also in terms of the new grey ecologies based in electrical systems and information networks.

Exploring trajectory and curvature, spending time with other creators thinking and working on new ways of coexisting; establishing and/or rejecting ecological models of aesthetic practice; or simply listening and learning and developing a craft.

Until forgetting it anew.

Department of Biological FlowYield2013performance

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As an investigation into tempo, energetics and relation, the Department of Biological Flow offers Yield, a site-specific movement intervention located between Bruce Nuclear Power Station and Huron Wind Farm that attempts a topology between orbit, drift and entanglement. We learn that one cannot initiate the reaction at maximum capacity but rather the intensity must be slowly increased to avoid the risk of rupture in a very real material sense.

Department of Biological Flow
Yield
2013
performance

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As an investigation into tempo, energetics and relation, the Department of Biological Flow offers Yield, a site-specific movement intervention located between Bruce Nuclear Power Station and Huron Wind Farm that attempts a topology between orbit, drift and entanglement. We learn that one cannot initiate the reaction at maximum capacity but rather the intensity must be slowly increased to avoid the risk of rupture in a very real material sense.

Department of Biological FlowImago (Kino-Butterfly · Someone Might Be Listening · Lorenz Security Ltd.)a topological play in three actsApril 28, 2011Toronto, CAN

Department of Biological Flow
Imago (Kino-Butterfly · Someone Might Be Listening · Lorenz Security Ltd.)
a topological play in three acts
April 28, 2011
Toronto, CAN

Marie-France Brière
Ondes
2005
black marble sculpture
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Tanna Schulich New Music Building
Montreal, QC