Timeforms and #Research-Creation

Back in September I participated in the research-creation workshop called Time Forms: Temporalities of Aesthetic Experience at McGill University in Montréal. I only had time to take in one of the activities, “The Acceleration Tour,” which I will write about soon, but with this post I wanted to highlight how this workshops foregrounded the practice research-creation actively. Instead of people reading papers or presenting the results of a particular intensive research-creation process, Time Forms showcased the temporality of process itself. As stated on the workshop’s website:

This event asks participants (presenters and the audience) to give careful consideration to the time of presentation and performance itself. Each presenter has proposed a “time form” for sharing their work, to make the event itself a site of creative experimentation and heterogeneous experiences of time.

Vloeistof choreographer and dancer Anja Reinhardt dancing in the streets of Montreal as part of the Time Forms conference last week. / Photo: Victoria Leenders-Cheng

Artists, researchers, and participants all had a staking in generating the events that took place during this workshop. Everyone had to be actively involved if a particular event was to be successful. This format is very refreshing because it removes the typical conference dichotomy of an active speaker who is transmitting knowledge and a passive audience who receives this knowledge. The speaker/audience binary is broken down and the transmission of knowledge becomes mutlidirectional, as opposed to unidirectional. There needs to be more of this in academia!

If you want to read more about the goings-on of this workshop you can read this article from the McGill Reporter.

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