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COLLECTIVE WRITING MACHINES (2012) - Diego Gil / Pablo Fontdevila / Christoph Brunner


Singing and signing words continuously on a paper as they emerge from mouth to paper (and back) and where suspensions may happen only to make us feel the micro momentum of the next impulse to start again.


Collective Writing Machines is a choreographic practice developed during two years of study at the Amsterdam Master of Choreography (AMCh).

The project is built with techniques of attention activated through the intermingled activities of writing, thinking and perceiving; focusing on the emergent and relational quality produced by them.

The main concern is the intersection of language and sensation (sensation as the perception of perceiving) seen as a movement of emergence that launches embodied experiences toward potentiality rather than stratification.

The writing technique develops through various uses of time and space. Different sets of exercises of various durations activate a qualitative time experience. Architectural spaces where the project happens are selected to write while seating and/or walking, creating sensitive and elasticized relations between body and environment.

The amount of participants, types of techniques and spaces involved can change according to the circumstances in which the project is presented.

In each occasion, a “temporary collective” takes form through multiple differential circuits of sensations enticed through the bodies. At the end of the performance, what is written on paper is not shared or communicated with the other members of the collective; instead what is shared is a complex web of transmitted perceptions rising from the folds of intelligibility.

concept and choreography diego gil advise assistance set and light design pablo fontdevila dramaturgy christoph brunner

Supported by Amsterdam Master of Choreography (AMCh) and Het Veem theatre.