Notes/suggestions by Adam James Whitehall

Notes/suggestions by Adam James Whitehall

Tomislav Brajnović / Wed, 02/12/2014 - 14:54

Overall I thought it was an excellent mobility full of infectious and sincere energy & enthusiasm from workshop leaders, core mentors and supervisors. The additional materials (facendas), talks (visiting lecturers, mentors, workshop leaders), and training opportunities were inclusive and relevant.

 Venue The Pavilion is an excellent venue, and it was very important to have a window through which to share in it's living history (cultural memories courtesy of workshop leaders). As a base camp this helped ground the group in the present as we spun around through time and space! 
Suggestions: Everyone agreed during the crit that the 4-5 day week for project completion was too short a time to complete a fully realised documentary, so I suggest the following: Either, A stronger emphasis on solidifying participants into creating fully realised project plans prior to arriving in Komiža during the online space research & development, so that groups/solo artists will then arrive in town as production crews primed to complete entire work (from recce, access, filming, edit) within the timeframe. With a stricter adhering to workflow it isn’t impossible that this approach could still potentially be fully realised for an end of week exhibition/show/archive, if that were what MudRi would prefer as the finished result. However, I feel this approach might dampen or even cancel out the more holistic ‘Komiža energy as guiding force' and sense of play promoted by the online course guidelines and workshop leaders, which became the strongest influence on almost all the final works produced, and is what makes the mobility unique. 
I think the course structure needs to allow more breathing room to experience not just the landscape and people, but also to experience opportunities and failures, thus enabling the potential of the work to express itself in and of itself to become an integral part of workshops process. Maybe the workshops could be more about various finite exercises rather than singular works, e.g. individuals and groups create and prepare a new piece each day (for instance the idea of creating time-based location-specific interactive ‘tour’ performances springs to mind; new walking maps incorporating histories, stories, people, etc., discovered in the local which the rest of the group are guided along. This more performance-led approach would generate a lot of opportunity for chance and also humour. A live video recording of such a tour would then immediately create the necessary archive). This more exercise-based approach would also give more energy and purpose to creating a ‘Vis a Vis’ collected documentary and ‘59er’s. Or: Perhaps a balance needs to be struck/promoted more clearly during the pre-Komiza online space between these two approaches, but where less emphasis is placed on producing video/audio media (short films, documentary), which takes up time (and limited editing resources). 
In fact perhaps less emphasis on tech-based work altogether, especially if budget and available resources are already known to have limitations. And more encouragement for other art forms, like: photography (DSLR slideshows), time-based video art/sculpture, audio field recordings, drawing, sculpture, collage, improvisation, transcripts, storytelling, and so on. I think this would also allow possibilities for longer durational conceptual works. Further suggestions: Visiting mid-week mentors to act as observers only. Only giving feedback on work during the crit. I think it’s still important to have a show/exhibition/happening, but this needs clearer stage-management and focus. 
Promotion to groups to create work in other art fields might be more challenging to curate. Or, perhaps have the final show as a kind of archive collecting pool amongst group members and mentors only – a sharing and discussing the collected video/audio record of smaller pieces made throughout the week. 
Group meal with group cooking! 
Plus - Group trip to Srebrna Beach, which is amazingly beautiful