Musicians move. Evidently. To produce sound, to show their musical intentions to other musicians, to communicate with an audience. But, can movement be used to develop musical skills? To develop improvisation skills?
In this project, I will explore the natural connection between music and movement as the basis for developing improvisation skills and study how artistic growth in improvisation can be steered and shaped by exploiting this connection. The driving questions are: How can movement be artistically deployed? Can movement become a basis for developing creative improvisation skills and my own musical language?
In the past 10 years, I have studied movement in the instrumental learning process from a theoretical, didactic and empirical perspective (see publications.lucnijs.be). However, increasingly I feel confronted with the need to also search for an answer to such questions through my own artistic practice. I am convinced that my artistic practice must become a fundament that underpins my current work and constitutes the basis for its further development.
So, I want to unfold an artistic path that explores the integration of music and movement through an iterative process using free artistic exploration and a constraints-led approach based on different movement approaches (e.g. Laban, Gaga, Viewpoints, Dalcroze). I will investigate my own artistic growth, using a methodology that involves 3 tracks: (1) desk research, participation in movement workshops, conceptual design and elaboration of the theoretical framework on kinemusical performance, (2) empirical work in several movement-oriented phases, combining quantitative measurement of motor involvement (using neuronmocap sensors) and musical outcomes with a phenomenological investigation (think aloud procedure, video stimulated recall, diary) of my lived experience, (3) the artistic use of the motion capture data for 'augmented' multimodal performances, in which my improvisations emerge from the interactive loop between music, movement and visuals.
The envisaged outcomes are: a series of kinemusical performances, several publications in international peer-reviewed journals, a written thesis, a series of video performances and a photo report, a publication for the educational implementation, software for multimodal performances, an analysis method for de movement data.