LASER 10 Slowness

Image: Andrée Martin, L-Libération. (2020). With Alice Bourgasser, Élisabeth-Anne Dorléans, Ariane Dubé-Lavigne (creator-performers) at the LAVI (Living Arts and Interdisciplinarity Laboratory). Photo : Andrée Martin.

LASER 10 Hexagram Montreal
Co-Chairs Nina Czegledy and Gisèle Trudel

Tuesday, March 23rd 2021, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tiohtià:ke | Montreal
Free online video conferencing via Hexagram’s YouTube channel

In French

With (in order of presentation)
Andrée Martin (Choreographer and Professor, Département de danse, UQAM; Hexagram research member)
Armando Menicacci (Independent researcher; Hexagram collaborator member)
Alfonso Santarpia (Humanist psychologist and Professor, Département de psychologie, Université de Sherbrooke)
Bruno Pucella (Sound designer and independent artist)

The chosen theme is slowness, a renewed relationship to temporality, an operating mode of creation. Slowness as a philosophy of action, a perceptual modality and a way of resisting what depletes us a little more each day. This is an invitation to see and live the work differently, to dwell on experience and its transformative value. The ways of thinking and discussing of this theme are related to the same object, the research-creation processes of two dance works K-Kalos, eîdos, skopeîn (2019) and L-Libération (2020) as two sides of the same coin, with slowness being their motor and focal point. This LASER panel will be a multimodal presentation with video excerpts, the discussion of creative strategies – from artistic, philosophical and technological points of view – and will also include analysis of the spectator’s reception through the lens of humanist psychology. One subject, two objects, forming a plurality of views about the prism constituting an expression of slowness in the performing arts.

Presented with the financial support from Hexagram, funded by the Strategic Clusters program of the Fonds de recherche du Québec — Société et culture (FRQSC). The Leonardo/ISAST LASERs are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public. The mission of the LASERs is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building to over 40 cities around the world. To learn more about how our LASER Hosts and to visit a LASER near you please visit our website. @lasertalks


Slowness as an engine of creation
Andrée Martin
It was not me who came to the slowness. Rather, it was the slowness that came, imposed itself on me. My team and I were looking for a way, through bodily presence, movement and dance, to bring more well-being to the spectators, to contribute to what we have called “their homeostatic balance”. We realized very quickly that in order to achieve this we had to find a way to slow down the pace, to slow down the time of creation and in the performance, to eventually slow down the time in the bodies of those who were watching us. Giving and taking time thus became the keystone of the two dance works (named above) of our research-creation project.

Slowness and the creation process
Bruno Pucella
The experience of slowness in the creation of the soundtrack for the two immersive pieces gave me great creative freedom to take the time to try and test different sound ideas in the process. This slowness brought me into a contemplative state, directly influencing the structure of the narrative arc of the soundtrack.

Thus, the slow movement of the two pieces plunges the viewer into an immersive universe where the sounds of nature are transformed almost imperceptibly into musical sounds. This pace of work and the great artistic freedom that resulted from it were unique in the time managing aspect of sound creation compared to my practice in cinema and television.

The effects of slowness on the experience of presence among spectators and performers
Alfonso Santarpia
My presentation aims to better understand the psychological effects of slowness on the complex experience of the presence (feelings, ideas, emotions, anxiety) of K-Kalos, eîdos, skopeîn (2019), the immersive and interdisciplinary works by Andrée Martin. More specifically, I will present the quantitative and qualitative data of the experience of the presence of spectators and performers. Thus, the slowness experienced in the dance seems to mobilize an experience of the self in the presence, rich in symbolic, spiritual and emotional dimensions.

As a conclusion
Armando Menicacci
I will put in resonance the different approaches, discourses and methods that the researchers have deployed around the theme of slowness, for the first project (2019) produced at the LAVI. Our laboratory was conceived from the onset as a project of physical architecture and media architecture as well as an epistemological framework for the intersection of disciplinary fields. I will present our rhizomatic way of doing research-creation under a model that is both concentric and eccentric. I will also present the current production of a future digital web platform, born of the first project. The platform is a transversal prototype of collaborative, horizontal, non-hierarchical crosspollination and not dependent on the traditional system of production and publication of scientific knowledge. The platform is also an example of what is called in contemporary historiography: “the sharing of authority” (M. Frisch, 1990), through the creation of technological tools such as “Digital humanities 2.0” (Y. Citton, 2014) by which the proposed tools, voices, postures and perspectives will reflect each other and the works in multiple ways.


Artist and researcher, Andrée Martin has been conducting a multi, inter, trans, postdisciplinary work on the body’s multiple ramifications for more than 25 years. Co-founder of the Living Arts and Interdisciplinarity Laboratory (LAVI – funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, CFI), she is currently leading a large-scale project on the link between immersion, performing arts and human homeostatic balance. For more than twelve years, she has been creating on an ABC of the Dance Body, leading to a series of literary and scenic essays on the dancing body, of which 14 letters / works have already been created and presented in Canada, Mexico, Chile, Belgium, Spain, France, Brazil and India. Screenwriter and director, recipient of the prestigious Core Funding, Ms. Martin has authored The Power of Sound (2018), Danser Perreault (2003), Untitled Red (1999). Author of more than fifty articles published around the world (France, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, etc.), she has directed the books Abécédaire du corps dansant, Territoires en mouvance. Ms. Martin is a recipient of financial support of the major granting agencies in research-creation in Canada (CALQ, CAC, FRQSC, SSHRC, CFI).

Holder of a master’s degree about the links between contemporary music and sound in cinema, Bruno Pucella has more than twenty years of experience in sound design and sound recording. In 2020, he was awarded best sound in the documentary category for the film Istanbul echoes by Giulia Frati, for which he also composed the original score. Although film remains his main creative space, he regularly contributes to projects for the performing arts, media arts and virtual reality. As a musician, he has composed soundtracks for documentaries and produced original music for dance. In parallel, he has written and directed a documentary (Gospel According to Vivienne, 2011) as well as three short films, the last of which, Davaï, has been presented in a dozen international festivals.

Alfonso Santarpia is a psychologist-psychotherapist, assistant professor in the department of psychology (adult clinical psychology path) at the University of Sherbrooke. His research is part of a humanist / existential oriented approach along four axes: the therapeutic effects of speech (the metaphors of the psychotherapist’s body) on the client’s bodily experience; the therapeutic effects of artistic practices (Music, Dance, Poetry, Clown therapy) on different types of populations (spectators, people in mourning, in palliative care); the therapeutic and narrative effects of religious/spiritual practices in ordinary or altered states of consciousness (trance states, broadening/expanding consciousness, awe); the bodily presence, the effects of presence (psychotherapists, patients, mediators) in psychotherapy (or care) contexts with specific attention to bodily mediated psychotherapies.

Armando Menicacci holds a master’s degree in musicology at the University of Rome and a doctorate in dance and digital technologies at the University of Paris 8, where he founded and directed the Médiadanse laboratory between 1999 and 2009. Between 2009 and 2014, he was a professor of contemporary art at the Media Art School of Chalon-sur-Saône. He has published among others the book La Scena Digitale with Emanuele Quinz as well as numerous articles in music, dance, theater, robotics, visual arts and psychology. Professor at UQAM between 2015 and 2019, he is a collaborating member of Hexagram and co-founder of LAVI, a laboratory dedicated to interdisciplinary research-creation combining arts, sciences and health. At the same time, he creates digital artworks presented in Europe, Africa, North and South America. In 2020 he co-founded with Nicolas Berzi SIT Scènes Interactives Technologiques, a laboratory dedicated to the digital turn in the performing arts.

Presentation partners : Hexagram Network and LAVI (Living Arts and Interdisciplinarity Laboratory).


Photos credits

1 – Kalos, Eidos, Skopeïn
Sur la photo : Angélique Poulin (interprète-créatrice)
Crédits photo : Andrée Martin

2 – Kalos, Eidos, Skopeïn
Sur la photo : Ariane-Dubé-Lavigne (interprète-créatrice)
Crédits photo : Andrée Martin

3 – Kalos, Eidos, Skopeïn
Sur la photo : Ariane-Dubé-Lavigne et Élisabeth-Anne Dorléans (interprètes-créatrices)
Crédits photo : Andrée Martin

4- L-Libération
Sur la photo : Alice Bourgasser, Élisabeth-Anne Dorléans, Ariane-Dubé-Lavigne, Luiza Monteiro e Souza, Angélique Poulin
Crédits photo : Andrée Martin

5- L-Libération
Sur la photo : Alice Bourgasser, Élisabeth-Anne Dorléans (interprètes-créatrices)
Crédits photo : Andrée Martin

6- L-Libération
Sur la photo : Alice Bourgasser, Élisabeth-Anne Dorléans, Ariane-Dubé-Lavigne (interprètes-créatrices)
Crédits photo : André

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