E7: LTA WORKSHOP

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E7 Workshop Poster

LTA ‘learning through art’ Workshop intends to create an inclusive and nourishing environment for all those explorers who aspire to engage deeper in the process of self-discovery through dynamic experiences, artistic experimentation and conscious expressions.

Together we will engage in the process of experimental exploration and while questioning our ‘being’ we will play with different mediums to develop our authentic art expressions.

LTA aims to bring forth the idea of collaborative learning and exchange, thereby enhancing the sensitivity towards human ecology.

LTA encourages you to open all those threads of your ‘being’ that you feel to re-weave beautifully.

The ultimate objective of this project is to evolve together through a journey of art.

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E  X  P  L  O  R  E

Deep inside all of us dwells a unique explorer.

How much do we follow our mind? What are our aspirations and desires?

How do we flow with our hearts? What is our core inclination?

Let’s try to reflect upon our understanding about the inter-functioning of mind, body and emotions.

Let’s try to explore our inner being, our longing, our source of energy and inspiration.

What are we attracting and where our actions are leading us to? How we perceive and react?

What is our shifting pattern and what is the root reality of our transformation?

As much as we explore, our life goals evolve. Let us contemplate upon our multifaceted ‘being’ and continue to explore our potential and possibilities in this ever evolving life journey.

 

E  N  G  A  G  E

While understanding the direction of our evolution, let’s try to engage ourselves in a conducive environment. Let’s learn to analyze the functioning of significant people, environment and situations happening around us.

When we observe our engagement in life spaces, its helps us know the direction of our movement.

We must learn to accept our truth, challenge our abilities and move with our inner strength. We must look at ourselves from many different perspective; we find ourselves in our values and expression of our very own essence.

Our truth lies within us, our strength and the very source of our light lies within us.

We must engage consciously in the process of ‘self’ knowing as often as possible.

 

E  X  P  E  R  I  E  N  C  E

Looking at life from outside is a different phenomenon but observing consciously ‘within’ can completely change our understanding about the matter. It can either physically create a temporary comfort or bump our head in a very discomforting psychological situation.

Although giving words or expressions to our experience is not easy, experience is important.

We all struggle through our paths and evolve differently, experiences at different levels and intensity evokes different level of awareness and sensibility within us.

When we experience something very deeply and reflect consciously, we evolve.

 

E  X  P  E  R  I  M  E  N  T

To reach at the clarity of our path, experiments are important.

Experimentation comes with risks; we must learn to stay aligned with our inner being when we take risks.

We may lose our ground but we must not lose our center.

Let us experiment on ourselves, it will engage us in a deeper experience and lead us further to clarity.

While understanding our value system, we must question ourselves and allow breaking and rebuilding of our psychological conditions.

Let us be very conscious while doing it, even if we drive safe, accidents can happen due to many other reasons. We must understand that tangling in right or wrong is not our ultimate goal; we must find life in our wholistic evolution as grounded as possible.

 

E  X  P  R  E  S  S

Through our expressions (silent, spoken, visuals or movements) a communication is happening. A strong communication that is designing the whole life in and around us, beyond us.

Expressions are very natural in human beings. We use our body as a medium to express the type and quality of our emotions, thoughts, cognitive structure and conscious states of our mind.

We choose different expressions to question our existence, to seeking path, to reflect our understanding and share our knowledge; different expressions to deal with struggles, to show resistance, to rebel and to vent out anger; different expressions to reflect peace and tranquility & joy.

Degree of consciousness in our expressions can affect or influence the whole people culture at different levels. With expressions, comes the responsibility; one must always be ready for its consequences. It is important for all of us to question, why we express, what we express. What we must express, where we could express, when can we express, to whom and how we should express? We cannot control the consequences but choose sensibly how to act for healthy human culture.

Remember, our ultimate aim is to grow and evolve our expressions to the point where it brings harmony, balance, justice, equality, tranquility, truth and light in life.

 

E  X  C  H  A  N  G  E

When we share knowledge or exchange our skills, services & ideas, we expand.

The cycle completes when we give back to the community that nurtures us.

Living as an integral part of a social tribe, we all learn from each other and we must continue to design some methods of valuable exchange in the community.

By exchanging our energies, we open new possibilities in life and contribute to a healthier growth of all of us. Exchange with pride what you feel is valuable for all of us to evolve.

 

E  V  O  L  V  E

Although evolution is a natural phenomenon, it requires our constant conscious efforts.

Sometimes, when something disturbs us again and again and we know that escape is not a solution, we must challenge our capabilities and take that opportunity to learn and grow more.

As we explore, engage, experience, experiment, express and exchange different perspectives, we evolve.

The very purpose of our being in this planet is evolution.

Evolution bring the joy and new energies in life.

Evolution is life.

 

GENTLE GUIDELINES

  • We invite you to stay curious, honest and natural.
  • Expand yourself to embrace all kind of co-explorers.
  • We all are growing; don’t be afraid, come, lets learn together.
  • Come to create a brave and nourishing environment for all.
  • Mistakes are allowed, we are learning to collaborate not to compete.
  • Instant results are not required, try alternative ways of exploration.
  • Being the best is not a condition, doing the best is all that matters.
  • Be sincere yet playful in your exploration.
  • Take Time – Take Space, Try to work intuitively.
  • Spread Good Vibes.

 

A  C  T  I  V  I  T  I  E  S

(Note: Depending on time, context and resources, workshop modules would change.)

MODULE – I 

I. PART TO  PART  TO  WHOLE

II. SOUNDS : IN  &  AROUND

III. LIGHT &  SHADOW  LAYERS

IV. PAINTING PLANES

V. INTERACTIVE INSTALLATIONS

VI. GAME EXCHANGE

VII. PERFORMANCE ART

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I. PART TO  PART  TO  WHOLE

Enter silently in the work space

Occupy the Space

  • Occupy the space and start moving around.
  • Listen and follow the poetic instructions coming from backstage.
  • Stop, when you are asked and then move again.
  • Look at your fellows crossing by, smile, jump and clap.
  • Keep moving… slowly create a spiral… create a circle.
  • And then slowly stop.
  • Lay down and relax for 3 minutes

Introduction

  • Write a poetic description of yourself (4-8 lines) including your name, interest, dreams and goals.
  • Those who have similar interest or dream make different groups
  • Combine your poems and prepare a longer version.
  • Recite your poems with gestures or theatrical act.

Visual Art Exploration

  • Draw your feelings on paper (use pencil, color pens or whatever medium you like)
  • Circulate your paper in the group & keep drawing.
  • Complete the cycle.

Oral Reflection

Instructions of next day

  • Bring different objects and instruments to create sounds in the next activity.
  • Bring memory stick (pen drives) to collect some reading material and visual data.
  • Start writing your Reflection Notes (Check last page of this document)

Bell Ritual

Leave the space silently

 

II. SOUNDS : IN  &  AROUND

Enter silently in the sound space

Sound Meditation

  • An exercise of conscious listening. (music of film BARAKA)
  • Listen to different sound frequencies 20-20000 hertz(Hz)
  • Speed of the vibration -Pitch of the sound-Frequency of the sound wave
  • Sound Intensity-Loudness of the Sound-Amplitude of Sound wave
  • Difference between Bass (low notes) & Treble (high notes) Sounds.
  • Difference between Musical Sound (periodic) & Noise (irregular).
  • Effects of Sound on your body, breaths, heart & mind.

Sound Exploration : In & Around

  • Humming, Alaap, Gibberish & Voice Modulation.
  • Sounds of Musical Instruments:

String Instruments, Wind Instruments & Percussion Instruments

  • Sounds of Human Body:

Sounds of Finger Snapping, Claps, Foot Tapping, Gurgling, Hissing, Hooting, Roaring, Whistling, Beat Boxing etc

  • Sounds of Objects & Ambience / Foley Sounds:

Sounds of Alarm Bell, Squeaky Doors, Machines or Engines, Horns, Running Train,

Road Accident, Guns or Cannons, Hammering, Surface frictions, Scrubbing Bamboo, Waving Metal Chains, Sheets or Springs, Swishing of Cloths, Wind blowing through Pipes or Paper Roles, Air Bubbling, Shaking Boxes of Seeds or Glass Beads, Pebbles Falling on Floor, Hitting (empty or filled) Containers, Striking Metal Rings or Balls, Sounds of Birds, Animals, River, Rains, Wind & Storms.

Sound Trails

  • Record sounds of objects, instruments & environment.
  • Design different sound composition in groups & record them.         

Oral Reflection

Instructions of next day

  • Bring different light sources & props to create shadow effects in the next activity.
  • Bring memory stick (pen drives) to collect some reading material and visual data.
  • Keep writing your Reflection Notes

Light Ritual

Leave the space silently

 

III. LIGHT &  SHADOW  LAYERS

Enter silently in the light space

Presentation- Visual Design Theory / Visual Litracy  

Light & Shadow Explorations

  • Different Light Source & Light Temperature
  • Light Effects: Sharp Beams, Flat, Flash, Diffused, Reflected, Glitter & Glare
  • Light Placement & Position: Front, Back, Left, Right, Top, Bottom, Inside Out, Outside In, Distance, Angle & level
  • Shadows: Short, Long, Sharp, Blur, Scattered, Still & Moving
  • Light Context: Mood & Theme

Light & Shadow Sets

  • Compose a scene or a set using different props, objects & subjects.
  • Design lighting & shadows on your sets

Light & Shadow Trails

  • Develop Concepts
  • Create Video Art or a Photo Series

Oral Reflection

Instructions of next day

  • Bring different painting surfaces, color medium & tools for next activity.
  • Bring memory stick (pen drives) to collect some reading material and visual data.
  • Keep writing your Reflection Notes

Color Ritual 

Leave the space silently

 

IV. PAINTING PLANES 

Enter silently in the color space

A Visual Exposure

  • Color & Texture
  • Size, Shape & Scale
  • Symbols & Typography       

Medium, Surface, Tools & Technique Explorations

  • Medium: Lime, Mud, Ash, Coal, Brick Dust, Husk, Oil, Turmeric & Other Natural Pigments
  • Surface: Building Surfaces, Water Surfaces, Roads, Vehicles, Waste (Recyclable) Objects, Patched Jute or Fabrics, Old Ply Boards, Bunch of Old Newspapers etc
  • Tools: Create your own Brushes with different materials like Grass, Vegetables, Wood Barks, Metal Nibs, Knifes, Sponges, Blocks or any Found Object of different Shapes & Sizes
  • Techniques: Fine Motor & Gross Motor Movement, Creating Experimental Textures

Creating Conscious Painting Planes

  • Decide your scale of work
  • Select your space & surfaces
  • Develop a conscious painting of your thoughts
  • Write about your work

Visual Documentation

Oral Reflection

Instructions of next day

  • Bring different elements of installation for the next activity.
  • Bring memory stick (pen drives) to collect some reading material and visual data.
  • Keep writing your Reflection Notes 

Interactive Ritual

Leave the space silently

 

V. INTERACTIVE INSTALLATIONS

Enter silently through an interactive space

A Visual Exposure

  • Different type of interactive spatial installations

Understanding Space & Site Context

  • Type of Space: Indoor (lighting Source) Outdoor(Wind Flow, Natural Light & Shadows)
  • Area (Volume & Scale) & Space Surface (Kutcha/Pucca Floor)
  • Accessibility, Visibility, Circulation & Functioning (Site Specific)
  • Existing Elements & Objects in the Space

Concept Development

  • Considering Space & User Type (Age, Language & other Abilities)
  • Interactive Experience: Physical, Cognitive, Informative, Educational, Therapeutic, Sensory or Meditative

Onsite Execution & Production

  • Elements of Installations: Paintings, Crafted Objects, Props, Textual Info, Signages, Sounds, Light & Shadows
  • Setting Up: Placing, Joining, Hanging, Tying & fixing everything together

Name or give title to your Installation

Video Documentation

Oral Reflection 

Instructions of next day

  • Bring different things or objects to design a game in the next activity.
  • Bring memory stick (pen drives) to collect some reading material and visual data.
  • Keep writing your Reflection Notes

Game Ritual

Leave the space silently

 

VI. GAME EXCHANGE

Enter silently in a game space

A Game: Never played before

Aims of games (indoor/outdoor)

  • Physical: Fine Motor & Gross Skill, Balance, Flexibility, Endurance & Strength
  • Cognitive: Educative, Channelizing Memory, Information & Knowledge, Mind Mapping, Analyzing & Organizing Skill
  • Sensory (5 Senses): Improving Body Intelligence & Nerve Nets
  • Therapeutic: Joy, Calmness, Relaxation, Clarity & Confidence

Game Development

  • Game Objective: Self Directed Learning
  • Game Considerations: Cooperative, Collaborative & Non Competitive
  • Game Planning: Stepwise Exploration, Engagement, Experiment & Achievement
  • Game Space & Setup: Environment, People & Props
  • Game Rules: Non Conflicting, Clear Explanation
  • Game Rewards: Work for Ecology of People & Planet

Learning Exchange

  • Content Design, Programming & Production Skills
  • What we gain from a game?

Oral Reflection

Instructions of next day

  • Bring different things or objects to design a game in the next activity.
  • Bring memory stick (pen drives) to collect some reading material and visual data.
  • Keep writing your Reflection Notes

Action Ritual

Leave the space silently

 

VII. PERFORMANCE ART

Enter silently in an action space

Watching together

  • a film BARAKA / a photo project SAUDADE

Ideas Brainstorming & Concept Development

  • Performance Art on Human Ecology & Collective Evolution

Mise- en- Scéne

  • Space Selection
  • Set Design or Dressing: Lighting, Projections or other Gadgets
  • Character Casting: Costume, Makeup & Props
  • Act (Action) Design: Background Music, Poetry or Narration
  • Public Engagement (if conceptually required)

Live Performance & Documentation

  • Photo Essay Documentation (POV)
  • Film Documentation (Spatial Movements)

Give Title to your Performance

Oral Reflection

Instructions of next day

  • Bring your works that you like to Exhibit.
  • Discussions on your Reflection Notes

Blessing Ritual

Leave the space silently

 

R E F L E C T I O N S

  1. What is the essence of my ‘being’ & what I wish to be?
  2. Where do I lack & what I aspire to learn?
  3. What inspires me & what distracts me?
  4. Any limiting belief or self-doubt that I am struggling with?
  5. What am I searching, seeking, attracting & following?
  6. Where do I feel tangled & what is my deeper longing?
  7. How conscious am I about my feelings & reactions?
  8. What is my way of working on mind and body intelligence?
  9. How do I deal with & move through difficult situations, relations & conversations?
  10. How do I develop my perceptions & understanding?
  11. What is my special and deeper discovery about my ‘self’?
  12. What are my intentions & how do I work on my capabilities?
  13. How do I harmonize my ‘self’ with my work journey?