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Guest lecture and workshop: Michelle Teran “To track, to guide, to stalk”

dates: 02.03.2015 – 12:00 to 06.03.2015 – 19:00
location: Trondheim Academy of Fine Art

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This workshop proposes to critically examine tracking, guiding and stalking as artistic methods, by looking at approaches within data mining and microhistory. There are two approaches for studying data–looking for patterns and the detection of irregularities or anomalies–which are in fact two sides of the same coin. Both processes involve the search for meaning in a seemingly meaningless sea of data. Perception and experience is relative to the position you take and how you define the borders: much like trying to reorient oneself around an unfamiliar street corner within an unfamiliar city.

Microhistory is an approach to writing history that is defined by the reduction of scale of observation in which the study of marginalized characters and events bring out the network of relationships that connects the “micro” to the macro level.

Both data mining and microhistory link to a practice of taking fragments, found material and finding ways to link them together, creating a linearity that forms a narrative, but in which the narrative could easily change or be open to new interpretations, depending on where you start. In this workshop we explore how fragments and found material can be used to guide us within our artistic practice. We will follow clues, tracks and trails, look for patterns or anomalies. There will be lectures, readings, discussions and practical work.

Workshop schedule:

Monday, March 2nd
Folgen (lecture performance)
Digital Dumpster Diving: the art of working with digital trash archives (lecture)

Tuesday, March 3rd
Reading of Raymond Queneau’s “Exercises of Style”

Wednesday, March 4th
Film programme:
Who is Zdenko Buzek?, Magnus Bärtås
The Miracle in Tensta, Magnus Bärtås
The Gleaners and I, Agnes Varda

Thursday, March 5th
Reading of Carlo Ginzburgs essay, “Clues: Roots of an Evidential Paradigm”

Friday, March 6th
Individual tutorials and discussion