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SEARCH ENGINES: One does not exactly know what one does not know

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Southern Alberta Art Gallery & Westminister United Church

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Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0H4

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Generously supported by M:ST, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, and Trap\Door Artist Run Centre


SEARCH ENGINES: One does not exactly know what one does not know

"One can characterize the research process as a searching movement that takes place along the border between knowledge and non-knowledge. The fundamental problem consists in the fact that one does not exactly know what one does not know. This is a concise articulation of the nature of research. Ultimately, it is a matter of acquiring new insights, and what is new is per definition not foreseeable, thus it can only be produced within bounds. In the experiment, the researcher creates an empirical structure, an environment, that gives him the ability to act in this state of non-knowledge about what he does not know. [...] The experiment is in this sense a search engine with a curious structure: it produces things about which one can only say afterwards that one had be searching for them."

-Hans-Jörg Rheinberger (2007): On the Art of Exploring the Unknown, found in the Self-monitoring as curatorial experiment Zine created by Teena Lange, Judith Lavagna, and Stefan Aue.

We invite art makers and researchers of all disciplines to engage in a performance workshop process.

We take our cue from this long quote that has lived in one of our studios for the past two years. We ask: what non-disciplinary search engines who follow poetic logics might we create together? Beginning by clarifying each individual participant's unique values and goals within their performance practice, we will then insert, un-sert, and re-assert various varied search engines. Perhaps:

- dreams as search engine

- dollar store as search engine

- historical events from the year of your birth as search engine

- doubling as search engine

We will mobilize familiar search engines and build new ones to encounter our practices anew, as they are and not simply as we want them to be.

Participants will be lead through body-based exercises that may be strenuous and soft, fast and slow, pleasurable and uncomfortable. Activating the facilitators' backgrounds in performance art, theatre, art history, writing, running, and reading, participants will enter into both solo and group processes that will question their basis of creative research. They will leave the workshop with a new set of tools which they can activate within their own studio/research practices, as well as a new search history of content they've generated within these different search engines.

No performance background is necessary but a willingness to engage bodily with the unknown is required.



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