The final year of the interdisciplinary arts MA experience at Queen’s.
Constructed of two modules that students took in their” home” discipline (which could be any of the Creative and Performing Arts subjects), and two interdisciplinary modules - Adventures in Interdisciplinarity and Further Adventures.
The Adventures and Further Adventures modules were a journey through an eclectic portfolio of intensive two-day workshops led by visiting artists of both local and international standing.
These were designed to create a catalytic collaborative experimental environment where students could challenge their thinking about making work in general and in their own practice.
with SYLVIA BORDA & SINEAD MORRISSEY
For 150 years postcards have preserved and exchanged thoughts along with images of landscapes. Created to send short messages about a place, postcards quickly became souvenirs and snapshots of writing , identifying both what was considered beautiful or literary about a location.
This Adventure presented a 'Gallery In The Sky' where photos and texts were created as complementary original works. Drawing on similar concepts found in Gutai - the Japanese movement that introduced the Western world to conceptual art, happenings, and experimental text poetry, renowned poet Sinead Morrissey and artist photographer Sylvia Grace Borda guided students in the creation of visual and textual haikus (a form of short verse poetry) to embody the Gutai spirit.
Students also had the unique opportunity to learn how different presentation methods could be applied to exhibition design.
with CIARAN BAGNALL
The essence of theatre is the fact that it’s live. Theatre presents live actors to a live audience. This relationship between the audience and the performer creates the unique magic that is theatre. Light enables this relationship by creating a world that enwraps the performer, linking them with his environment. Light provides the glue that joins all elements of the production together and therefore helps to underline for the audience the full emotion and meaning of the performance.
This adventure looked creatively and intensely at the relationship between light and the performer. How light can help a performer portray an emotion or a time, or a place. How it can relate to a piece of text or how it can be enhanced with colour and movement.
Students looked at how light could create, inform and transform a space and discovered the sculptural and communicative qualities of light.
'BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE LETTER D'
Through activity and play games the students explored concepts to inform and assist in the creation of work. Also considering the role of music and audio-visual relationships, narrative and non-narrative approaches, form and composition, and practical issues such as methods of notation.
At the core of this exploration was a consideration of everyday physical behaviour such as body language, gesture and ways of walking and sitting. With a particular focus on the way that formalist strategies can abstract concrete meanings.
'CHANGING THE WORLD'
with MICHAEL MAYHEW
Manchester-based Michael Mayhew has extensive experience of working on challenging ideas within challenging locations around the world.
An adventure is a 'risky' undertaking, possibly 'unlawful', it's meant to be 'exciting', and indeed 'wild', we are to take a 'chance', a 'gamble'.
This adventure desired to change the world in 2 days.
with TALKING BIRDS
Site-specific theatre specialists Talking Birds worked with MA students to create a short performance in, around, and through the old University library. Created over two days the performance was an early exploration into the possible territories that might be appropriate in such a highly resonant space, and gestured towards how future, larger-scale, performances might be made.
Starting with an essentially theatrical methodology, the devising process slipped across artforms - visual arts, music, choreography, projection - in order to interrogate the site. Participants were encouraged to shed, at times, their own specialisms, in order to find a collaborative approach.
'THE LAST ADVENTURE?'
with ANNA NEWELL & CONAN McIVOR
After three years of the interdisciplinary arts MA experience the group embarked upon one final big Adventure which brought back many of those involved over the past 3 years and was led by the only two people to had been at virtually all of the Adventures during this time, Artistic Director Anna Newell and filmmaker/designer Conan McIvor.
This Adventure continued the exploration of non-traditional performance spaces beginning with Talking Birds and added to that experience a pool of experienced performers for those participating in this Adventure to use as a resource.
It was the very first performative exploration of Station – the old Police Station which had recently been taken over by newly-established gallery and studio collective, Platform Arts.
ARTIST SEMINARS AND BUSINESS SKILLS WORKSHOPS
Additionally students benefited from seminars with visiting artists Paul Stapleton, Paul Murnaghan and Justin McKeown, in addition to business skills workships with Eamon Quinn and Jacki Doyle.