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Material Studies is a monthly improvisation workshop lead by Matthias Kispert, Blanca Regina and Andrew Riley, and on occasion a special guest - past guests have included Ryan Jordan, Iris Garrelfs, Daichi Yoshikawa, Tim Yates and Steve Beresford. Material Studies was first initiated at SOUND//SPACE held at V22 Summer Club from May to July 2012.
Philosophy: "Material Studies is an open-to-all, playful collective exploration of the sounds within matter.
Avant-garde art, be it musically, visually or performance based often appears as somewhat elitist, with a defined hierarchy between those who create the work (the artists) and those experience it (the audience). To people who have not had the fortune of being taught all the codes of the artform, the pieces and the settings in which these are shown can be uncomfortable and alienating." - The Material Studies Group
The Material Studies project seeks to open these experimental artforms to anyone who wishes to participate in the collective, improvised sonic exploration of various materials and objects, whether by actively working with the objects, passively absorbing the interactions of others or by expressing a response to the sonic exploration through visual or written acts.
The use of traditional instruments, terminology and tools of manipulation will be avoided. Participants will together develop an improvisational language based solely on the sounds that can be teased out of various everyday objects, with each session being themed around a particular material or object.
No expertise or previous experience is required, instead the sessions focus on the communicative potential of collective improvisation, where every participant needs to listen and react to everything that is happening around, where every gesture has an influence on everything else.
The underlying principle of the project is to promote a corrosion of the space between the artist-performer and the contemplator-audience and to promote the idea that we are all valuable as artists regardless of education or class.
An example of a past Material Studies workshop: