With a commitment to devising experimental performance and music through a unique combination of artforms and practices, MAS productions defies the often-quoted categorisation of presenting ‘immersive’ theatre. The company has created its own genre through conceptualising highly inviting ritualistic spaces within which audience members take an embodied, experiential and sensuous journey through to ecstatic transformations. Through developing a working process entitled ‘Secular Ecstatic Art’, dance-theatre practices rooted in exuberant urban social trends are intermixed with exacting dramatic movement techniques and ritual actions from traditional African syncretic religions.
Founded by Jonathan Grieve and Nwando Ebizie in 2012, Mas Productions initially pursued a unique (mostly DIY) underground path forged from the co-directors eclectic experience as creative practitioners. Demonstrated by their early collaborative work, MP performed on the festival circuit gaining a cult following amongst young audiences that seek new and original artistic experiences.
DIY 14 is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to take part in unusual training and professional development projects conceived and run by artists for artists.
An intimate and exposing journey into perception, learning and creativity. Challenge your perceptions through a week of sensory deprivation and sensory immersion. An invitation to artists of all disciplines, with and without perceptual disorders, to explore perception through extreme acts of sensory deprivation and immersion. This laboratory is in response to artists Jonathan Grieve and Nwando Ebizie's own gradual realisation of our perceptual conditions: Synaesthesia and Visual Snow.
We will systematically and deliberately reduce or remove stimuli for one or more of the senses at a time. Conversely, we will then systematically stimulate certain senses. This will include use of flotation tanks, an anechoic chamber and olfactory deprivation. There will be talks and discussions from outside experts to contextualise the experiences. We will also lead sessions on our own physical training, making no adaptations for our neuro-difference.
This will be a personal journey for each participant where you will be asked to reappraise your work and assumptions through a series of experimental sensory tasks; a chance to gain a sense of ownership and acceptance over your own way of seeing the world. Develop in new and unforeseen ways, creating a new lens on yourself as an artist.
Artists Jonathan Grieve and Nwando Ebizie will work alongside neuroscientists and academics including Dr Edward Bracey, Professor John Rothwell and Dr Dick McCaw to create a challenging week of perceptual confusion and artistic clarity.
This DIY is for artists in any discipline. We are particularly keen to hear from artists who experience hidden neurological perceptual phenomena such as (but not limited to) Synaesthesia, Visual Snow and other visual illusions, Migraine Aura, Aphantasia, Time perception distortion and any other condition that the artist believes connects to these phenomena. We also have a place for one scientist or science student who is interested in perceptual phenomena.
Participants need to be prepared to have their long-held beliefs about their practice shaken and excited about the potential of engaging with science.
Applications are invited via the link below. A short statement on why you would like to participate is required.
The deadline for applications is Mon 19th June at 12noon.
Dates: 28th August - 1st September
Location: Southbank Centre, London (plus various locations)
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