Talked about how a database or archive might work. An obvious starting place would be using labels, like music/drama/comedy/etc. It was then mentioned though that at a recent disability arts event it had been discussed how labels often hold back audiences from accessing artforms and different work, because they don't bother looking in the sections that are not for them. We therefore felt that key words might be better than categories.
Improvisation is so intrinsically experiential it seems weird to simply describe techniques or exercises in just words. That techniques/disciplines/companies might adopt a series of mediums to share their work and ideas; so a written description; a physical demonstration - on film or audio, etc; feedback from the facilitator of what they've learned from teaching or doing this technique; testimonials from those who have experienced the work as a participant or audience member. We also liked the idea of people from different disciplines describing the other one's work in their own medium… an improv group explaining a clown workshop, a fool describing an improv group…
On a practical level, we see the sharings as working like a wikipedia, with everyone sharing practitioners and their styles, histories, archives, etc. That we provide information for both practitioners and interested people coming to the world of improv for the first time. That there's access to information on performances or events that are happening, opportunities to try things out and also pointers to paths of more in depth training. This would need to be built and maintained.
But improv is about doing and so we also want to explore different ways of sharing our techniques. One way suggested is to have scores with a few words on and different practitioners from different techniques or genres work together on the score, bringing their own instruments to the overall piece.
A physical library - lots of improvisors have written books. Can we have an iii library? But one that is non-dormant and improvises in it's own right. With a book club where we actually go through a book and explore the techniques and exercises described in it. Or go on a road trip to the places it talks about. Our improvise a night of shows and entertainment improvised out of the book as a starting point. To get a book out you have to show us how you got to the library that morning. The library is never in the same shape and we keep changing the way it is ordered. Sometimes it is a restaurant. Sometimes it is nomadic.
Talk to www.independantdance.co.uk to see how artists are sharing and exchanging improvisation skills, tools and knowledge.
Look to other art sites and organisations, across different art forms, to see how they organise their information too.
- See more at: http://www.devotedanddisgruntled.com/events/dd-iii/reports/how-can-we-share-our-techniques/#sthash.HF5eGuA7.dpuf