Art Lab IV

13.11. – 18.11.2017 Art Lab / Open Science Lab, Cologne

Participants:

Absamad Balahcen (Practioner/Musician/Dancer Ahwash, Agdz), Mohamed Balahcen (Practioner/Musician/Singer/Dancer Ahwash, Agdz), Dr. Youness Belahsen (Dean of the Polydisciplinary Faculty of Ouarzazate, University of Ibn Zohr, Morocco), Diego Alexander Guarin Cifuentes (Student at University of Applied Sciences Cologne/ITT), Norbert Dennig (Philosopher, Cologne), Houda Dribila (Student at the Polydisciplinary Faculty of Ouarzazate, University of Ibn Zohr, Morocco), Prof.Dr. Abdellah El Alaoui (Professor for Chemistry at Faculty of Science and Technique of Errachidia, University of Moulay Ismail, Morocco), José Carlos Tello Valle Hiriart (Graduate University of Applied Sciences Cologne/ITT), Oumaima Kharkhach (Student at Faculty of Science and Technique of Errachidia, University of Moulay Ismail, Morocco), Raphael Pak Lau (Dancer/ Student at Centre for Contemporary Dance – University for Music and Dance, Cologne), Silke Lichtenberg (Junior Researcher at University of Applied Sciences Cologne/ITT), Wyam Mardoukh (Student at Faculty of Science and Technique of Errachidia, University of Moulay Ismail, Morocco), Holger Mertin (Musician/Percussionist/Teacher, Cologne), Ko Mihyun (Dancer /Student at Centre for Contemporary Dance – University for Music and Dance Cologne), Seyedeh Taraneh Mousavi (Singer, Student at University for Music and Dance, Cologne),
 Boubker Marrouk (Practioner/ Musician/ Dancer/Teacher Ahwash, Agdz), Dr. Udo Nehren (Lecturer and Senior Researcher for Ecosystem Management at University of Applied Sciences Cologne/ITT), Conrad Noll (Musician/ Student at University for Music and Dance, Cologne), Alaa Obeid (Student at University of Applied Sciences Cologne/ITT), Brahim Oumahrir (Student at the Polydisciplinary Faculty of Ouarzazate, University of Ibn Zohr, Morocco), Dr. Claudia Raedig (Researcher for Connectivity and Biodiversity Conservation at University of Applied Sciences Cologne/ITT),  Gonzalo Rodriguez (Dancer/Filmmaker, Cologne), Maria Isabel Meza Rodríguez (Graduate University of Applied Sciences Cologne/ITT), Prof. Vera Sander (Choreographer/Dancer/Professor for Contemporary Dance at the Centre for Contemporary Dance – University for Music and Dance, Cologne), Jannis Sicker (Musician/ Student at University for Music and Dance, Cologne), Marcella Ulrike Sobisch (Student at University of Applied Sciences Cologne/ITT),   Yannik Tiemann (Musician/ Student at University for Music and Dance, Cologne), Mariana Garcia de la Torre (Student at University of Applied Sciences Cologne/ITT), Prof. Dr. Hsaine Zghou (Professor of Chemistry at the Polydisciplinary Faculty of Ouarzazate, University of Ibn Zohr, Morocco)

The Art Lab / Open Science Lab made the co-existence of the different projects within the ATLAS Workshops visible and fostered understanding and exchange between them and their players. There were unforeseen connections and responses in this collaborative activity as two workshop proposals (Art Lab and Open Science Lab) met and feedback on each other feeding into moderated exchange, aiming to tackle response-ability and responsibility between academics – non-academics, artists – scientists, teachers – students.

The participants were invited to set up their individual workspaces and to participate in collective activities. The workspaces emphasized the following aspects:

  • importance of artistic practice and scientific research as a discursive tool.
  • assemblage of layers – philosophical, emotional, aesthetic, economic, critical, social
  • plural approach of relations

The Art Lab / Open Science Lab was hosted by tanzfaktur based in the infrastructure of the former industrial site of Köln Deutz. The former business building is now occupied by a variety of cultural activities.

The participating students learned in a multiple context, from multiple perspectives within a social context. It fostered a broad orientation and overview knowledge, network thinking, creativity, methodological flexibility, divergent thinking / lateral thinking as well as their tolerance to endure ambiguous situations and contradictory behaviors, communication and cooperation (or team) skills.

On-going activities underlined the cross-disciplinary character of the setting. Burning Questions invited participants to leave comments, thoughts, answers, notes, 5-minutes Proposals and Scenographic undertakings offered a space where one-to-one conversations could take place. Furthermore, collective activities served as an impulse for exchange: f.ex. Workshops, Interviews, Scores, Tuning in, Impulse Presentations, Discussion, Excursions and Open Sharing.