Mapping Arcola Theatre

A practical metadesign case study for the m21 team

This workshop was co-ordinated by Hannah

  • The aim of this workshop was to introduce Arcola Theatre as a pilot case study for M21
  • Also, to examine the research tools we have developed so far and explore how we can put them into use with Arcola.


An interrogation of Arcola, (e.g. its vision, aims, existing practices and needs)
What we have to offer Arcola? (e.g tools, knowledge, academic affiliation)

Preparation for next week's workshop

  • 10.00am to 10.15am Brief introduction to Arcola and the day's activities - Hannah
  • 10.15am to 11.15am Workshop one - working in pairs Anette and John B, Mathilda and Julia, Hannah and Batel
  • 11.15am to 11.30pm Coffee
  • 11.30am to 12.30pm Workshop two - working in pairs Anette and Mathilda, Batel and John B, Hannah and Julia
  • 12.30pm Present bisociations and discuss

  • 1.00pm to 2.00pm LUNCH

  • 2.00pm to 3.30pm Workshop three - Benchmarking bisociations
  • 3.30pm to 4.00pm Coffee & workshop
  • 4.00pm to 5.00pm Summary and agenda for the 16th November

Notes from the day

  • Mathilda & Julia
    • Julia - Energy
    • People and use of
    • Generating energy in the community
    • Creating energy
    • Channeling people energy
    • Harnessing the engineers solar reuse body heat
    • Tangible and intangible
    • Usage and sustainability
    • Infrastructure
    • printing/publicity
    • Travel to and from
    • Heating

  • Mathilda - Resourcing
    • Intangible - People organisations people experience creativity
    • Tangible - Space furniture, backdrops...
    • Little material through put - stays in the loop
    • Bisociations
    • Principles for energy and resources
    • Means
    • Qualities
    • States
    • Channeling
    • Harnessing
    • Re-routing
    • Transparency, explicit understanding, education, learn and unlearn - revealing what is available and unconsidered
    • Flow
    • Challenging what we see as new or desirable in relation to sustainable
    • Magic
    • Unity in difference
    • Combinations leading to new aestetic - bottom up way of working, upcycling, evelating into something better
    • Care and empathy

  • John B & Anette
    • Connectivity and Aesthetics
    • Aesthetics
    • sensual - cognitive perception
    • Meaning
    • Languages - between arts and science (different aesthetics in local community / arts community / science community)
    • medium or technologies
    • Connectivity
    • what is arcola?
    • Dalston, London, UK
    • Internal organisation, matrix management model
    • unpicking their model
    • information and responsibilities - link to other aspects
    • techno, people, culture
    • drivers
    • eco-principles
    • arts, sciences, bridges
    • existent and nonexistent
    • populated entity
    • Looking at coincidences between two areas
    • Existent aesthetic and connectivity

seeking aesthetic and connectivity

    • Theatre space as connecting point
    • Evolved drama space
    • weak aesthetic
    • covert
    • undesigned
    • not purpose-led
    • not anticipated growth
    • seeking a negotiated position with knowledge holders
    • (aspect of the partial tool?)
    • connectivity major strength
    • to build upon strengths to improve aesthetics

  • Denis & Batel
    • Knowledge and Diversity
    • Suffering blockages
    • Denis forced collaborative brainstorming
    • Arcola and Goldsmiths
    • Knowns and Unknowns
    • Silence and 'buzziness'
    • Rehearsal as a space for testing diversities and knowledges
    • expectations of the space

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