In this installation we have composed, at different moments along the #Colleex workshop, sets of matrix proposals as described above. Although the installation was bound to our experience of the place and previous research paths, we were able to design a set of procedures that might be used by other researchers. Here is the formula:
1 – Set a common ground:
Previously to the installation, combine a concept that match both of your research. Start to think of visual and material elements, crafts our other elements you both have produced in your research (whether data, material evidences, crafts, visual documents, field notes, other) and that could generate dialogues between your research issues.
(NOTE: Concentrate on the side-works of field-work: those activities, materials, thoughts or occurrences that happen around but outside of fieldwork; then undress fieldwork of the possibility of having, or discerning, an inside from an outside).
2- Create a site-specific approach:
After having a common-ground mind-set to start, please visit the place where the installation will be developed. Observe the typology and uses of the space – a corridor, atrium, room, open space, etcetera, and correlate such specificities with your mind-set.
3- Tune the collaborative mind-set:
Bear in mind that you will have at least three dimensions to be intertwined at the place of the installation: a) physical characteristics of the space where the installation is displayed; b) symbolic, institutional, agonistic discourses the space resonates, and the mind-set you have previously agreed upon. You may find attached to the space diverse elements that might bridge, reset, highlight or enlarge your initial collaboration approach to the concept you want to explore and communicate to peers within the event. Furniture, books, materials, objects, etc., may be among the preferences.
(NOTE: adopt the vision of a collaborator in displacing your object from the usual niche you have created for them. Do not dwell on feelings of embarrassment).
4- Planning and displaying the installation:
Plan the days that you will be dialoguing with your installation during the event and a reasonable amount sources of both previous research work that you will you be connecting to the concept and place the installation. Also suggest the moments you will be together available to talk to participants in the event and plan as well the sorts of devices suited for your documenting the performance schedule.
5- Continually feed the installation:
Bring elements form previous research each day and collect elements from the surroundings that could match the mind-set concept, highlight aspects of research you both find pertinent or even topics the participants have suggested for you to think about. Keep changing and re-arranging and composing different sets.
Documentation of the process is desirable as in the form of notes or visual or audio-visual recording build a reflexive practice of the installation. As you document the procedures you may find specific frames that constitute the next arrangement.
Particularly, the compositions staged, the intuitions underlined in the matching groups of data collected, the ideas generated during the installation feeding, and shared knowledge with peers during the event, are features that will surely nurture individual and collaborative future research of the participants of the Collaborative Installation.
(NOTE: Feel free to create the connections, spur dialogues and unite the dots deliberately).