In this series, we ask i-Portunus Houses participants to tell us their stories and experiences. At the end of each story, we invite you to reflect with us on important themes about mobility in the arts and civil society.
Hollow: Paracosmic Friend (performetive research project)
The members of group Hollow systems arrived in Tbilisi with the intention to deepen their work on Paracosmic Friend, which is a long-term artistic research project exploring shared imagination, group dynamics, self-organization, and community decision-making from a queer angle. Through a multidisciplinary process using the methods/tools of intuitive research, guided meditation, role-play, choreography, game design, and Artificial Intelligence, Hollow aims to learn, develop and create strategies that help communities survive within difficult circumstances.
The group had several meetings and discussions with people from the queer scene in Tbilisi, for example Fungus Gallery and group. As part of their research, they explored the urban landscape of Tbilisi, documented symbols and materials found on the streets. The members went to several queer parties to get closer to the Georgian queer and rave scene, for example Horoom Nights in Bassiani and parties in Tbili Orgia. Here the group discovered several emerging performance artists, like Matt Shally and IAMNIKITA and agreed to collaborate with them in the future as part of their projects.
The member of group Hollow Systems also led a few meetings in the scope of Open Space’s large-scale project, “The South Caucasus Documentary Theatre Network”. The group shared their experience and expertise with the participants of the project about various methods of performative research, their practical application, internal group dynamics and various other topics. By the 3rd week of the mobility, the group started sketching a performance based on their research. The gist was to explore the possibility of creating a temporary space for emergent communities and using multiple game mechanics to organize different communal tasks.
The group visited Kazbegi mountains on the 3rd week of the mobility, where they collected stones and crystals to incorporate them in their project and to experience a different landscape. The group has already processed a portion of the collected material based on the stay and the research. As a result, a workin-progress performance was developed that was premiered on the 18th of June as part of a performance festival in Budapest, called Under500 Festival. The group received significantly positive feedback from the performance, and we have already started to plan a future collaboration with them to bring Paracosmic Friend back to Georgia.
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Paracosmic Friend is a performative research project dealing with group dynamics, self-organization, community decision-making, giving up dominance, and embracing the strange, from a queer point of view. Through a multi-disciplinary process based on role-playing methods, poetics, choreography, game design, and Artificial Intelligence, Hollow (Viktor Szeri, Tamás Páll, Gyula Muskovics) aims to learn and develop strategies that help a community to survive and operate undetectably within difficult circumstances.