EmergenceRoom is a live-workspace, where all participants (performers and spectators) join to work in silence on pre-set themes. The workspace is built temporarily into an existing environment like a museum, a festival center, an academy, a retail store. The work-process is based on a circular structure of passing on containers of material. Its procedures are proliferation and reformulation in order to create topologies and maps that are related to the underlying theme. These topologies and maps serve as a common denominator for projects that will be individually developed, not by an individuum (a singular author), but individually as a project in the co-authorship of reformulation. There will be always as many projects in development as containers of materials circulate.
The theme of the Emergence Room in Hasselt will be the myth of Arachne. Before the workspace will be set up in the museum deufert&plischke will do a preparing workshop. The myth of Arachne - as told in the Metamorphoses by Ovid - focuses on the difference between art and craft, symbolism and realism, doing as if and doing in the here and now. In its centre there is the contest between goddess Athene and the human young weaver Arachne. Both weave carpets for display and the better one shell win. Athene weaves carpets that show the glorious deeds of the gods, Arachne weaves the everydayness of the relationship of humans and gods and its brutality. In the end Arachne wins but Athene wants to destroy her work. Only when Arachne decides to hang herself infront of her carpets, Athene pities her and transforms her into a spider. Thus she has to hang from her own thread to continue weaving her web forever. The figure of Arachne bares and exposes lots of topics and questions still relevant and unanswered in our time. What is the responsability of the artist? What do we risk with art? How do we judge art works? How can artits and critiques coexist and collaborate?
During the 4 days workshop all participants will work together on these topics and questions and formulate and proliferate material, create story boards together, that will later be exposed in the Emergence Room Hasselt in the frame of the exhibition SuperBodies (Hasselt Triennale).