Life Abstracted

Pure Research number nineteen was led by Nita Bowerman at the Woodward Centre of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, on June 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2012.

Topic of research and goals: Investigate expressive states that authentically transfer feeling memory and amplify expressive impact.

General inquiry: To what extent can the expression of lived traumas be abstracted without losing emotional resonance?; Are there levels of abstraction that intensify emotional resonance?; Might abstraction also serve to invite an observer more deeply, honestly and unselfconsciously into a trauma?

Participants:

Lead researcher: Nita Bowerman.

Participating artists: Emma Hendrix and Caroline Liffmann.

Nightswimming: Brian Quirt, and Rupal Shah.

Simon Fraser University: DD Kugler.


  Sound Clip (4)

Sound clip of an improvisation for the research.

  Sound Clip (3)

Sound clip of an improvisation for the research.

  Sound Clip (2)

Sound clip of an improvisation for the research.

  Sound Clip (1)

Sound clip of an improvisation for the research.


  Workshop – Day 3

Pictures of the third day of the workshop.

  Workshop – Day 2

Pictures of the second day of the workshop.

  Workshop – Day 1

Pictures of the first day of the workshop.

  Theoretical Support

Definition and description of the words “distortion” and “abstraction”.


  Workshop Text

Text used for the experiments during the workshop.

  Workshop Notes

Nita Bowerman´s notes on the experiments.

  Workshop Notes

Nita Bowerman´s notes on the experiments.

  Collecting and Cataloguing – Charts

Charts used for collecting and cataloguing audio effects during the workshop.


  Workshop Schedule and Experiment Outline

Detailed schedule for the 3-day workshop.

  Experiment Outline

First draft of the experiments for the workshop.

  Revised Research Proposal

Revised research proposal in a conversation between Nita Bowerman and Brian Quirt.

  Application Letter, Project Description, and Resume.

Nita Bowerman´s Pure Research application letter, project description, and resume.


  Report

Final report on the research project.