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A BIGGER SCALE OF TOUCH is a study project within the scenography and acting department (directed by Prof. Serge von Arx and Karmenlara Ely) of the NTA – Norwegian Theatre Academy. It is done in cooperation with PAS – Performance Art Studies, through BBB Johannes Deimling, who is developing and tutoring the project. The period of the studies is from October to December 2011. Focus is the experimental research on time based and long durational performances, and to present the results during the process at different festivals. The work of the students will include approaches from visual art, space/architecture, context, research and social aspects. Including the already gained knowledge about scenography and theatre this project should lead the students to a wider examination of the intersections and the possibilities of a broader artistic language. Besides the artistic work the students are involved in the whole process of developing and organizing this project.

public presentations of the project:

24. October 2011
meteor festival 2011, Bergen, Norway

17. + 18. November 2011
The 5 th.Contemporary Exhibition Performance abierto de acci´n, Murcia, Spain

Ida Grimsgaard [no] + Mikkel Rasmussen Hofplass [no]
Emma Örn [se] + Siiri Eriksson [se]

10. December 2011
nta - norwegian theatre academy, Fredrikstad, Norway

Ida Grimsgaard [no]
Mikkel Rasmussen Hofplass [no]
Emma Örn [se] + Paolo Zuccotti [it]

the concept:

Time is an enormous phenomenon. While researching the different aspects of it, we found there's research showing that the faster you move the slower you age. Does it mean that you can be so busy in life that you forget to age? Aging as an action. There's also the perspective of forgotten time: "Every time a person dies a library is burned down". The scale of time changes depending on age: when you are younger an hour is a larger percent of your life. Also, we found that the traditional Maya calendar states that time is quickening. We are also interested in the perspective of physics. When Einstein talks about the space-time he states that the past and the future exists just as much as the present. What does it mean that time is space-like? Is it possible for us to understand?

A BIGGER SCALE OF TOUCH is facing this various time-research on an artistic level; because we believe that artistic questions are similar to scientific questions. We hope to find new approaches that could change our perception both in the act of creation and during the act of sharing with an audience. The use of performance art allows us to come closer to the point of a direct experience with our bodies. Performance art includes the time aspect by its nature, and with its ephemeral gesture it leads inevitably to knowledge about time. We use the body as a measure instrument. We explore how the body and the space are influencing each other. The relation between them could be understood as time - time in art as a consequence and a condition of a body in a space. Time allows us to move, to let the relationship develop. Thus for us the body is an essential instrument to investigate time. The intensive use of space within the work with the body will offer a relation to the context, and through this, a cultural aspect. What creates the specificity of a space and how can we use it for articulating something?

The perception of time and the perception as a consequence of time are main issues in our exploration. We ask ourselves: Is it possible to slow down our perception so far that we become pure sensation? This would be one way to look at the expression A bigger scale of touch. Scale is not only about the size of space but also the size of time. Touch is articulation of things we can not explain in words. Like the fascination of the encounter with the unknown, which is threatening, beautiful, inviting... or like when you see the lightning and you wait for the thunder, and when the sound comes it resonates in your body. Sound is a touch of waves on the eardrum. Light is a touch of waves on the eye.

poster photo: monika sobczak

Presentation, Fredrikstad, Norway