Èpica, an initiative by La Fura dels Baus, officially presents itself with the workshop «About Memory». It offers a multidisciplinary learning experience based on the connection between art, science and technology in order to find new ways of audience interaction.
Throughout 37 years La Fura dels Baus has not only characterized itself by a style, it has also developed a specific method. Èpica’s approach is based on La Fura’s methodology when it comes to depicting its creativity: a combination of experimentation, transversality and collaboration.
Workshops are presented as a territory for experimenting, sharing knowledge and applying technology to different areas outside the usual ones -universities and research centres- by bringing it to social environments.
The central concept of this workshop is memory. The concept is developed through three typologies: Memetic Memory, Illustrated Memory and Digital Memory.
Memetic Memory is the one we incorporate genetically. It’s the memes we could describe as inherent, it’s the basic words that repeat themselves in different cultures and are represented the same way: mother, hunger, sky, earth, person, sea, sun, moon… These basic concepts are rooted in our deepest memory.
Illustrated Memory is composed of everything we have incorporated to our memory from the first representation of our reality, from cave paintings to printed words, in addition to all the symbols, mathematical formulas, sounds, images, etc.
Digital Memory has to do with everything we have hoarded through bits and makes us ask ourselves: What criteria should we follow in the future to preserve or delete the millions of terabites we generate, personally and colletively? Or, in other words, what will become of all this stored memory?
Workshop participants will start from a personal research about a general concept, Memory, and its different declinations -Memetic, Illustrated and Digital-. This personal research will answer to each participant’s interests and motivations.
We intend to transfer this personal research to the collective work. In order to achieve it we will offer resources to every participant who completes the personal research and constitutes a common ground for work. The only premise of the process is the «best idea», identified by the group. This way we promote the notion that the best idea is not always our own and that we need to adapt our criteria to the medium we work in.
During the course of the workshop we’ll do our best to bring together our expertise on different disciplines and experience in different fields. This contributions will be modulated to serve our main goal an in order to apply them to purposes other than the ones they were originally generated for.
Our workshop’s main goal will lead to the creation of worlds and settings that did not exist until now and, consequently, one of the first tasks will be finding new spaces for our ideas. We intend to find a singular space -a theatrical space- that responds to the rules we collectively decide. In the same way, we will develop a dramaturgy that identifies the actions and reactions, the conflicts and solutions, that establishes a timeline and specifies moments of dialogue, monologue, interaction with the audience and impressions we need to transmit. This dramaturgy will be the basis for presenting our ideas and a tale that adjusts to them.
The dramaturgy and the theatrical space will be reinforced with technological solutions, either new or already experimented, that will allow us to tell what we want. All the basic material -space, dramaturgy and technological solutions- will be complemented with a series of resources, both narrative and theatrical. Music, video, lighting…
The sum of all these elements will be tested, thereby detonating a trial and error process which will lead to making more decisions. Physical experimentation is essential to validate everything that’s been discussed and selected. It’s the previous step to a final explosion that confronts the audience with the result of our work.
Public exhibition is essential in the workshop’s conclusion. It closes a common effort and establishes a necessary limit to channel energy. The essence of this way of working comes from the real world, where projects culminate according to a previous planification.
In conclusion: all participants will be part of the workshop’s development from beginning to end and will experience the importance of collective work as a creative method.
The workshop offers investigators an opportunity to do their job in a real-world environment.
The course’s methodology perfectly matches that of humanistic and social researches -it creates an ethologic environment in which the group coexists and develops a common project around an idea- and scientific and technological resarches as well, because it contemplates the implementation of real technological elements. This workshop has a clear multidisciplinary nature and is open to new developments. Likewise, the perspective of teamwork and interaction bewtween different individuals when it comes to developing a creative project has commonalities with disciplines such as psychiatry, psychology and sociology.
First week (June 20-25)
Introduction of the course: concept, calendar and methodology.
Introduction of professors and participants.
Prof. Pep Gatell i Nadala Fernández (Production).
3 days – Exercises for the consolidation and connection of the group: deshinibition, games of spatial skills in groups, in pairs, individually: competition, confidence, concentration, imperative collaboration, strategy, improvisation and connection exercises, group experience.
Prof. Pep Gatell and Carles Figols (body, stage and attitude).
2 days – Formulation of the technical and artistic work, conferences about memory.
Prof. Pep Gatell and Carles Figols.
Conference: Margarita Navia de Roux, «Memòria? Unes passes sense Alzheimer?».
Second week (June 27 to July 3)
First practical tests based on the last days’ theoretical work. Recording videos, sharing ideas, collectively selecting the best ideas. First rehearsals for a test on saturday.
Filming and Video Projecting classes.
Prof. Sara López (film) and Xavi Correa (editing and projection).
Multimedia classes – Sensors – Apps. – Interactive.
Prof. Pelayo Méndez
Third week (July 4-8)
Presentation of an interactive real-time communication platform based on multimedia messages (audio, video, image, text and their combinations).
Prof. Pedro Lorente (networks) and Fran Iglesias (App. – Dashboard – Creation).
Reflections about the first test: changes and improvements, research on the results and upcoming work.
Composition, sound and lighting classes.
Prof. Miquel Badosa (musical composition, other narratives and samplers), Marc Sardà (sound and sound spaces) and Jaime Llerins (a narrative instrument, ambiences and singularities of light sources).
Creative consultant: Jürgen Müller.
Fourth week (July 11-16)
Preparation of set, lighting, sound, music, technology, projections. Video revision and rehearsal preparation. Reharsals. Public exhibition.
Project presentation and Communication classes.
Prof. Albert Claret (web and social media) and Nu Díaz (design and presentation).
Technicians: Xavi Correa, David Hoyo and Oriol Llistar.
Fifth week (July 18 and 19)
Two days of reflection about the project and the workshop in general. Process and results. Closing of reports, archives, texts, drawings, mockups, videos, pictores and all kinds of material related to the production.
Party and awarding of diplomas.
Prof. Albert Mauri (memories).
June 20 to July 16, 2016
Parc de les Humanitats i les Ciències Socials – Universitat de Barcelona Carrer Perú, 52 Barcelona, 0018