Pure Research number twenty-two was led by Christine Brubaker at Glen Morris Studio at the University of Toronto in Toronto, on October 16th, and 17th, 2012.
Topic of research and goals: Investigate how different performance context affect an actor´s experience of story – particularly if that story changes in tone or meaning from context to context. Also, to test a scientific tool called Visual Analogue Scale to determine whether numerical data collection could add knowledge to this highly subjective experience of performance.
General inquiries: What happens in the actor´s experience of inhabiting, connecting to, and relaying that story when told in different mediums and in front of different audience permutations?; Are there different levels of pleasure and/or anxiety?; Are these expressed physiologically or as physiological indicators?; Dose the actor´s understanding of the story change?; Does the actor´s telling of the story change?
Lead researcher: Christine Brubaker.
Participating artists: David Bates, Stephanie Belding, Dimitry Chepovetsky, Diane Flacks, Sochi Fried, Allegra Fulton, Amber Goldfarb, Kevin Hanchard, Randi Helmers, Tanja Jacobs, Marcia Johnson, Martin Julien, Paul Lee, Emma Mackenzie Hillier, Viv Moore, Tony Nappo, Karin Randoja, Rebecca Singh, Alex Williams, Ashley Westlake, Eric Woolfe, and Jean Yoon.
Consultants: Dr. Rachel Tyndale, Andrew Lister, Pam Hall, Kira Obolesky, and Michael Sakamoto.
Nightswimming: Brian Quirt, Rupal Shah, and intern Rachel Steinberg.