meta-academy@bates 2013: Minded Motion


meta-academy@bates 2013: Minded Motion

An online lab exploring embodiment and co-creation on the internet using Nancy Stark Smith’s Underscore and other moving ideas

This lab  took  place from July 22nd to August 10th 2013.  You may do the activities as a self-directed, self-guided experience.  You may also  join this group and interact with other members and to follow other meta-academy activities.

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Latest Activity: Oct 23, 2013

What is Minded Motion Lab?

An online lab exploring embodiment and co-creation on the internet using Nancy Stark Smith’s Underscore and other moving ideas.

Lab participants will use free internet-based tools to creatively explore questions about embodiment, training and memory, composition, and politics of the body. They will also explore how to translate embodied practices onto the internet.

The lab will be structured around Nancy Stark Smith’s Underscore, an approach improvisational dance/movement that she has been developing for over 30 years.

Quick Links

Lab Orientation


Week 1: Arriving In Presence 

Week 2: Connections

Week 3: Engagement + Harvest

The content is approached by two kinds of activities:










Facilitated by Marlon Barrios Solano, Rachel Boggia and Josephine Dorado

FLICKR SLIDESHOW with images of participants and lab:
Video mashup done with media produced during the lab

Visualisation of lab contents, structure and samples
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Discussion Forum


Started by Marlon Barrios Solano. Last reply by Sue Lauther Oct 23, 2013. 12 Replies

It is a space for ongoing feedback reflections on the pedagogy and methodologies: process on process.Continue

CORE: Embodied Investigation #2

Started by Rachel Boggia. Last reply by Ellen Maynard Aug 27, 2013. 13 Replies

Renowned contact improvisation teacher, writer, and editor Nancy Stark Smith calls this exercise "a Solo Mini Underscore".  You will need about 30 minutes of uninterrupted time as well as a notebook and writing device.  We would like you to share your SHARING/THANKSGIVING in a video response on youtube (see below). You can choose to do this activity by listening to the mp3 or following the…Continue

Tags: embodied_investigation, week2, core

INVESTIGATION: Thick mash-up video essay | Week 3

Started by Marlon Barrios Solano. Last reply by Jeannette Ginslov Aug 18, 2013. 2 Replies

Media theorist Andreas Treske  introduces the notion  of “thickening of the video image” in his book “The Inner Life of Video Spheres” published by the Institute of Networked Cultures.  He asserts that there is a 'thickening of the image' when we can place interactive objects on the timeline in the "Z axis" of the…Continue

Tags: week3, investigation, mashup, video, popcornmaker

Minded-motion Lab Wrap-up google+ hangout

Started by Marlon Barrios Solano. Last reply by Jeannette Ginslov Aug 18, 2013. 4 Replies

Thank you Message:We had a google hangout this morning with great conversation and fun remarks!Many of you were not able to make it! We would like to hear from you! Write here or make a video response to this conversation on a YouTube Video.Thank you again!marlon Chat: Hello meta-academy participant, We are very happy to have such diverse and interesting group! The epicenter of all the activities will be a Group created one the website.This is a full multimedia social networking…Continue

Tags: googlehangout, wrap-up, meta-academy, lab., bates


Started by Marlon Barrios Solano. Last reply by Jessica Muise Aug 14, 2013. 44 Replies

This is the main topical discussion space for the lab. We will use it to establish a dialogical space on ideas, comments, provocations, theoretical questions, inspirations, etc. It is used as a continuous thread during the whole lab and after. It can host photos, video and text.Continue

Tags: week3, week2, week1, main, core

CORE: Embodied Investigation #3: Simultaneous Duet Mini Underscores with Nancy Stark Smith

Started by Rachel Boggia. Last reply by Jessica Muise Aug 14, 2013. 3 Replies

Meta academy Embodied Activity #3 “Simultaneous Duet Mini Extended Underscore”This week we will meet online with a partner to do what Nancy Stark Smith is calling a “Simultaneous Duet Mini Extended Underscore.” You will meet with in a google+ hangout on air (rather than just a hangout) with a fellow improvisor to do a very shortened version of the Underscore, guided by Nancy’s voice. We ask that you record the…Continue

Tags: embodied_investigation, week3, core

CORE: Watch video conversation Emergent Underscore | Real Time Tagging | Week 1,2,3

Started by Marlon Barrios Solano. Last reply by Wanda Gala Aug 14, 2013. 56 Replies

This interview is introduced as core material  for the Minded Motion Lab.It was realized in June 2012 in London. This interview is part of the dance-tech interviews and views collection.Each week, we will watch 12-15 minutes of this video and posting tags in this…Continue

Tags: word-cloud, week1, week2, week3, visualization

CORE: Week 3 - Collaborative Mind Mapping

Started by Josephine Dorado. Last reply by Felipe Torres Díaz Aug 12, 2013. 10 Replies

Instructions for #MetaAcademy Week 3 CORE AssignmentCollaborative Mind Mapping*Please make sure that you've received your invitation to collaborate on the mind map. If not, fill out the form mentioned in Step 1 below. Please do this by Sunday, August 11. Your contribution to the mind map should be completed by Wednesday, August 14, if possible.Mind map definition: Graphical technique for visualizing connections between several ideas or pieces of information. Each idea or fact is written down…Continue

Tags: embodiment, embodied, week3, mapping, visualization

INVESTIGATION: Context story-snapshots | Week 2

Started by Marlon Barrios Solano. Last reply by Wanda Gala Aug 12, 2013. 19 Replies

Context story-snapshots (Instagram , Cowbird, Twitter, YouTube and  Flickr )One of the main characteristics  of the new internet is its potential for aggregation of related content as  “data” streams with the use of hashtags, tags and RSS feeds.We propose for this week to explore the storytelling potential of a stream of still images, texts and hashtags for…Continue

Tags: week2, investigation, metaacademy, 2


Started by Rachel Boggia. Last reply by Wanda Gala Aug 12, 2013. 9 Replies

Create your own projects and post them hereContinue

Comment Wall


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Comment by Daniel Pinheiro on August 21, 2013 at 10:44am

Embodied Experiences Continue after #MetaAcademy

Comment by marian carranza on August 13, 2013 at 7:29am

Thank you Marlon!
I would love to participate in the experience using the WaterWheel platform but I'm not be able ... enjoy it for me ;)

Comment by Marlon Barrios Solano on August 12, 2013 at 10:23am
Hello Mariam!
Do what you can!
You can also do it later, the material will be there available.
Comment by marian carranza on August 12, 2013 at 7:57am

too much work, it takes all my time... I can't be "present" at week 3, sorry.
to participate in the academy was a fantastic experience, thank you!

Comment by Terence Diamond on July 23, 2013 at 2:53pm

What is the activity going on right now. I see an instant chat and a posted youtube video.

Comment by Carolina Natal on July 23, 2013 at 2:34pm
How can i get into?
Comment by Paulina Ruiz Carballido RUCARBA on July 23, 2013 at 7:45am
Comment by Marlon Barrios Solano on July 22, 2013 at 4:51pm

Yes, sorry about the lack of clarity with that.

2:00 to 3:30That is Eastern Standard Time.

We are in Lewiston, Maine and Corinne Jola will be from Paris at 8:00 pm.

We will send a group invitation soon for tomorrow.

Comment by Carolina Natal on July 22, 2013 at 12:56pm

Hi, please, I would like to know what is your reference of time, of what country? Because for tomorow I'll have to be online from 2:00 to 3:30 but I don't know which reference I have to take to calculate the timezone. Thanks!!!!

"Our first google hangout/lecture series with William Seeley, Corinne Jola, and Nancy Stark Smith will take place from 2:00  to 3:30 pm EST on Tuesday July 23."


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