Workshop Leader: Prof. Stéphane Degoutin (ENSAD, Ecole National Supérieure des Arts Décoratif de Paris)
2nd Leader: Prof. Gwenola Wagon (Paris 8 University, Arts Plastiques, Master New Media and Contemporary Art)
Istanbul Remix is a project to turn a public space into a geolocalized untamed disco, based on musical and performative compositions that are launched by the dancers themselves. Contrary to a normal disco, in which the bodies are in phase by the same music for all, we aim at creating a situation in which different individualities are combined. Each sound is combined with the surrounding sounds that are all mixed together. The public explores them together or individually. The aggregation of different musics creates a disco.
The installation is adapted to a society that aggregates individuals rather than forces the collective. It remixes the individual with the collective. It can lead to performances or variations, depending on the budget. The dancers will diffuse the geolocalized sounds with their GPS enabled cell phones or Mp3 players.
During the workshop the participants will create the sounds that will be mixed together and the choregraphy that will go with them. Then they will produce and materialize the in situ installation. The installation is conceived for locating on Istiklal Avenue.
Bios of the Presenters
Stéphane Degoutin is an artist and professor. He was born in 1973 and lives and works in Paris. Stephane’s principal research interests are gated communities, the contemporary city and public space. He is author of Prisonniers Volontaires du Rêve Américain (Editions de la Villette, Paris, 2006) as well as the photoblog, www.lostincreteil.com . He created the online installations www.googlehouse.net (with Marika Dermineur) and www.whatareyou.net (with Marika Dermineur and Gwenola Wagon). He teaches art and architecture at Ecole National Supérieure des Arts Décoratif de Paris (ENSAD), Paris.
Gwenola Wagon is an artist, professor and researcher. She was born in 1975. She is currently Assitant Professor at the University of Paris at St. Denis (Paris 8), where she completed her thesis entitled Utopias of an Interactve Cinema and the Accessibility of Moving Images. She has a diploma from the Video Department of Interactive Research Studio at the National School of Decorative Arts, Paris. She also collaborates with the Cela Etant collective with whom she has coauthored a number of video, sound, and interactive installations. Her interests are centered around the impact of new technology on cinema. She has taught digital video in the Art department of the University of Paris (8) since 2001 in addition to teaching numerous workshops in schools of art in France and abroad.
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