Plastics in rhythm

Tutors: Alexandros Rizopoulos, Marina Liontou Mochamed, Ioannis Economou

19 - 25 August

Duration: 33 Hours
Timeline: 10.00 – 14.00 (seminar’s team)
17.00 – 19.30 (collective sessions, rehearsals)
Language: Greek, English

Having as a starting point a non-teaching mode, this workshop aims at introducing, re-placing, taming and discovering, through vocal and body/manual practice, notions relevant to Rhythm, the Science of Rhythm and eventually the general Morphology of Rhythm, in other words, notions negotiated by Rhythm Plastic Art.

The methodology of the workshop will be based on a broad spectrum of activities relevant to Rhythm. Continuous action (starting with the body and extendıng to the instrument) will allow the participants to form an intimacy with their sound on a personal and group level. Activities will be given by visual means (notation, sketches and abstract forms) or sound means (periodic phenomena, metronomes) while at the same time many of them will be formed on-the-spot by the group. This procedure will eventually facilitate the negotiation-through-action of a variety of meanings and notions, such as:

- Ontological notions: Rules, Models, metric systems, pulse, beat, riff, schema, metre, periodicity

- Material notions: Sound, sound masses as well as ways of ‘controlling’ them

- Perception related notions: memory and repetition, embodied knowledge

- Technical notions: Analogies, polyrhythm, rhythm over layering/superposition, model co-existence, use and reception

- Linear notions: Visualization of music, optic analogue and counterparts, arbitrary interpretation and free association

- Non-linear notions: Group co-ordınation and ritual as a process and as a tool

- Structural notions: The development of a rhythmic form, neighbouring and remote harmonies, the homogeneity/heterogeneity dipole, continuity, boundaries, connections, links and finally rhythmic structures

- Language notions: expression, imitation, the act of giving meaning, downbeat/upbeat dipole

- Intuitive notions: Time and Duration

- Poetic notions: creative and productive composing / improvising (comprovising) with focus on the Rhythm-maker and on the Architecture of the Body Rhythm.

Open call for all instrument players, singers, dancers, composers and poets.

Alexandros Rizopoulosrizopoulos 2019

Alexandros Rizopoulos is a multidisciplinary artist, born in 1982, in Yannena, Greece. He graduated in Music Art and Science (BSc, UOM, 2016) and Architecture (MSc, AUTH, 2006). He is former member of the music groups: “Alenti Quintet”, “People of the Wind”. “Aourekios, the Postman” (2016) was the first performance, originally formalized by him. He performs with various projects and gives workshops, internationally.