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2018
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NINE (9) PROPOSITIONS in-form thinktank gatherings throughout 2018. The 9 PROPOSITIONS propose and posit performance modes, stated as intentions to realize/materialize/actualize “performance(s).” The 9 PROPOSITIONS project magnetizes temporary, relational collectives/support groups of performance makers to research, resource, and potentially realize performance(s) through NINE (9) THINKTANKS throughout 2018. These thinktanks--each involving 4-15 participants--operate through/in/as these 9 modes and may produce new performance projects, provide support and/or auxillary creative practice, generate discursive and theoretical materials, and structure forms of collaborative/collective/lab-style research in/as performance and performativity .

THINKTANK activities are specific to each of the PROPOSITIONS and designed by the persons involved.

The NINE (9) PROPOSITIONS can be viewed below.

PROJECT TIMELINE/OUTLINE

1.) performance makers and researchers are invited to sign up at the Emergency INDEX launch party (November, 29 2017) or by sending an email to panoplylab@gmail.com with the subject line THINKTANK by February 1, 2018. 

2.) AFTER February 1, 2018 participants receive a group email, 1 for each PROPOSITION specified. These group emails officially initiate the NINE(9) THINKTANKS.

3.) Meetings with/as each THINKTANKS are scheduled throughout 2018 at Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL) and elsewhere in Brooklyn, NY. All subsequent THINKTANK operations emerge from meetings, emails, and other THINKTANK-specific interactions. Forms of activities, projects, collaborations, and any public engagement processes such as exhibitions, publications, symposia or events will be determined collectively and relationally by each THINKTANK (in collaboration with project initiator and PPL organizer Esther Neff).

4.) THINKTANKS begin February 2018 and conclude in November and December, 2018. Beyond the initial PROPOSITIONS and this 4-part organizational score, all structures and situations will be generated in situ by each THINKTANK. Thus, no “product” or presentation/performance is required, though THINKTANKS may share their processes and performances with publics in conclusion of the time period.

In-person participation in initial meetings in as well as active written involvement in THINKTANK formation materializes this project.

NINE (9) PROPOSITIONS:

….REALIZED SOLELY BY PERSONS PRESENT DURING/AS “THE” PERFORMANCE

Potential Forms of Performance: Happening, social dance, conversation, reflexive gathering, authorship negotiation, collaborative process, social practices, situational activity…
Probable problems: who is present and why? Access, involvement, participation, politics of representation and presence, relational aesthetics and forms, forms of instruction, interpretation, improvisation, and  inscription… 

…EFFECTIVELY FUNCTIONING “OUTSIDE” “ART” &/OR EXTRANEOUSLY TO “ARTISTIC” SPHERES

Potential Forms of Performance: “daily” life-acts, activisms, ANY masquerading form or literal realization e.g. preschool, jury convening,  protest, psychiatry office, carpool…
Probable problems: capitalism and post-capitalism, modes of production and political science frameworks, framing, divestment, definitions of “art,” art  history and art world(ing)s, specialization, inclusion/exclusion…

…PERFORMED BY NON-HUMAN AGENTS

Potential Forms of Performance: Mechanized performance, performance/process by animals, inanimate objects (e.g. melting ice,   weathering signpost), robotics, AI…
Probable problems: what and who is “human”? “Artificial” vs. “natural” intelligence, inanimacy, materialisms, humanism and post-humanism, technology and technique, animal and machine sentience…

…INVESTIGATING, STAGING &/OR ENGAGING PARA-NORMAL PHENOMENA

Potential Forms of Performance: Communication with ghosts, aliens,    angels, etc, sceance, psychic endeavors, telekinesis, dreams, telepathy…
Probable problems: “The Unknown,” normalcy and normalization, excess and the metaphysical, faith, belief, epistemics…

…INVOLVING ITS OWN MODES OF MEDIATION/MEDIATIZATION AND DISTRIBUTION

Potential Forms of Performance: Disciplinary hacking, consideration of access and audience, documentation, modes of production as intentional   performance…
Probable problems: modes of production, economics, mediation and propaganda, negative reinforcement, mnemonics and mimesis, sense and sensibility, access, technology, capitalism and post-capitalism, production paradigms…

…RESEARCHING (P)ARTICULAR HYPOTHETICALS VIA (VARIOUSLY) CONTROLLED EXPERIMENTS

Potential Forms of Performance: Performance as research, research as performance, forms of experiment rigorously pursued using articulated methods, hypotheses proposed…
Probable problems: scientific and other disciplinary “methods,” ways of formalizing inquiry, formalization in general, experimentation in general, research modes, hypotheses-formation…

…HAVING A DURATION OF ONE YEAR OR MORE

Potential Forms of Performance: Life-art, daily/hourly/ongoing performance, framing of autonomic performance…
Probable problems: endurance, framing, integration of “art” and “life,” bodily processes and self care, temporal frameworks and time…

…PHYSICALLY, MATERIALLY TRANSFORMING (MY) BODY’S SOCIAL, POLITICAL &/OR HISTORICAL CONTEXT, APPEARANCE &/OR “ABILITIES” TO PERFORM

Potential Forms of Performance: Surgery, extreme exercise, training,  dietary performance, transition, direct race &/or gender-related performativities, privilege confrontation, disfiguration, configuration, incorporation,  life-form performance….
Probable problems: Politics of “the body,” identity politics (i.e. “politics”), race, gender, sexuality, ability and agency, embodiment, somatics, bodily control and embodied cognition, self-body dichotomies…

…OPERATING ENTIRELY TRANSPARENTLY ONLINE THROUGH A DIGITAL INTERFACE

Potential Forms of Performance: Interactive performance, survey/surveillance, open-source projects, interrogation and dismantling of   “IRL” vs. “URL” dichotomies, encoding and processing performance…
Probable problems: access to, usage and “invention” of technology,  networks, information theory, systems thinking, coercion vs. collaboration, distribution of subjectivity, usership paradigms, authorship, encoding and encryption…