OUTCOMES is a publication co-authored by Angela Goh, Rhiannon Newton and Benjamin Forster documenting a period of dance research.
OUTCOMES is a solid object born out of immateriality. It is both the essence and the excess of a process. It was made during a Critical Path and UNSW research residency undertaken by Angela Goh, with Rhiannon Newton and Benjamin Forster.
It is a compilation of a daily practice which included individually writing and rewriting a manifesto every morning in order to make a definition of what the research is. It was a way into allowing ourselves to define the research boldly and proceed with it determinedly even though we don’t know yet what it could be. Writing individually, at the same time, offers unity through action, without the pressure to necessarily agree. We don’t have to agree with each other, we don’t have to agree with what we wrote the day before, and you don’t have to agree with what we have written either. In a way this ties us to a repetitive task, but also offers freedom. In the studio we also undertook a daily dance practice of shape making, literally organising the body into shapes, with an accumulated score of tasks, similarly accumulated like these manifestos. Through the static nature of holding the shapes, we were able to explore how the way we experience the body, duration, each other and this research, through different ways of relating to and entering the still shape. We were able to find transformation through static form, through the power of our shifting approaches, and through the power of giving it time. The third most important strand of the research is evaluation. After every manifesto, shape experience, conversation, lunchtime, at the end of every day, and every week, we individually make an assessment of success or failure, with a short justification. One or the other is not better or worse, what is important is the repeated task, and that all of our experiences were worthy of evaluation, and that we learn from experience, and we all learn different things. This allows us, in a similar way to the manifestos, to collectively assess the research at all stages, without having to reach the same conclusions. It allows togetherness, without the pressures of consensus. The aim throughout the process was to do research. To respond to the undertaking, and to respond to the expectations of our situation (however internal or external they might be), and to meet those expectations, but to devise a way to do so which was always on our own terms.
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